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DATE: Thursday, May 25th

TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Registration opens at 12:15 PM)

LOCATION: Best Western Premier Park Hotel, Madison

PROGRAM: Thinking and Acting like a Leader” presentation by Dr. Lalia Rach.

Established and emerging leaders share one great reality – Leadership is an ongoing activity. There is no end point rather it is a continual work in progress. The best leaders understand that the very act of leading is anchored by one’s path to maturity and self-actualization. Dr. Rach will share genuine ideas and uncommon sense tinged with her special brand of humor as she provides ideas for improving your leadership abilities.

COST: $28 per person

Speaker Profile:Dr. Lalia Rach

Dr. Rach is a successful entrepreneur, educator, and leader. A proven innovator, she specializes in assisting managers in advancing their leadership strategies.  Her fresh ideas and uncommon sense on issues of strategy and leadership in the hospitality industry produce insightful thinking advancing the ability of emerging and established executives.

As a professional speaker and experienced moderator, her messages stand above the rest for their relatable honesty and timely nature presented in a practical and entertaining manner.

About Wisconsin Women in Lodging

Mission: To promote and develop women in the hospitality industry to help them grow both personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking support.

Benefits: Access to the AH&LA WIL searchable directory, invitations to education events with inspirational women speakers, and networking & mentoring opportunities.

Membership: Membership is free for anyone employed at a WH&LA member property. Men wishing to support the mission of WIL may also become a member at no cost, as long as their company is a WH&LA member.


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Join women from all areas of Wisconsin’s lodging industry for an insightful discussion on Thursday, May 9 for the Wisconsin Women in Lodging Luncheon at the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club! Whether you are new to the lodging industry or a seasoned professional this is an event you will not want to miss. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network and learn! This event is open to all WH&LA members. The program will include facilitated table discussions regarding the issues women employed in the lodging industry face, and the cost to attend is $25.  Register online here!


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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is kicking off National Women’s Month with a membership drive for Women in Lodging (WIL) Connect, an industry-wide forum exclusively for female hospitality professionals. Anyone who joins in March will have the cost waived for a professional certification of their choice from the Educational Institute, which has never been offered before. To take advantage of the offer, the promo code will be emailed in early April.

And, the 1,000th member wins a prize package to be redeemed during the AH&LA Fall Conference, held in conjunction with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, November 11-14:

- Free admission to the WIL keynote seminar and luncheon
- The unique opportunity to attend the WIL Executive Council meeting, comprised of the top female representative from more than a dozen chains
- Free admission to the Inaugural Gala at the Mandarin Oriental honoring WIL founder and Incoming Chair Nancy Johnson, executive vice president and chief development officer for Carlson Hotels – the Americas, Carlson Hotels

Click here to join!

Launched in 2004, WIL fuels the mission to promote women’s leadership into executive positions within the lodging industry.  Currently, there are more than 750 members nationwide taking advantage of the career-boosting resources WIL has to offer, including educational programming, mentor/mentee opportunities, exclusive networking with some of the industry’s top professionals, inclusion in an online directory, and access to additional state chapter benefits.


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