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Just in time for Women’s History Month, the W.I.T.H Conference will feature female pioneers of tourism who have broken glass ceilings in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

The third annual Women in Tourism & Hospitality (WITH) National Conference, presented by MCCSN, WITH, and East Point Convention and Visitors Bureau will be held during Women’s History Month at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, CA., March 28-29, 2024. The conference theme, “Empowering, Celebrating and Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders” perfectly captures the 2024 conference goals: to inspire, connect, build, and support women in all hospitality sectors, at all stages in their careers, and in all aspects of their lives.

This two-day conference promises exclusive access to resources, exhibitors, experts, and world-renowned speakers for professional and skills development. There are interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, networking sessions and more. One highlight of this year’s event is the first-ever Student and Youth Professional Development Day, scheduled for Thursday, March 28th which will provide exclusive opportunities for mentorship, professional development, and networking with key leaders in the industry.

Recent studies show that the tourism sector still suffers from a lack of diversity and female representation in leadership compared to that of the tourism sector overall, with one group reporting that women only hold 12% of leadership roles Another group reported, representation of women at the top levels of hospitality leadership continues to increase, with women gaining a small amount at the CEO and president levels Women now hold one in four of all chief-level positions at hotel companies.

The Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network (MCCSN) founder, Clara Carter is a seasoned Hospitality professional with more than a decade in the business and an award-winning trailblazer. Ms. Carter was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as one of their 2022 Women of Influence 50 over 50. With the lack of diversity in tourism in mind, she founded MCCSN to drive more diverse meetings into the destination of San Diego. Ms. Carter is also the founder of the Women in Tourism and Hospitality International WITH-IT (WITH) in 2015, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and strengthening diversity and inclusion for women in the hospitality industry.

“We are thrilled to host this transformative event for the third year in a row, bringing together world-class speakers, trending exhibitors, amazing industry partners, and the opportunity to celebrate and shine the light on six more phenomenal women who are blazing the trail and moving us forward with diversity, equity and inclusion for all.” – Clara Carter, Founder of MCCSN and WITH.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the 2024 WITH National Conference here.

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