Alessandra is founder of social enterprise Women in Travel CIC which she launched in January 2017 to provide communities in key regions (for example UK, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) with a sustainable livelihood by enabling women to become economically independent through entrepreneurship and a thriving career in the travel and tourism industry. Alessandra is also Chief Mentor & Consultant at Everyday Mentor, where she provides mentoring, coaching and consulting services to a range of clients in the commercial and public sector. Alessandra also collaborates with a number of Universities, including Hertfordshire, Normandy and Surrey.
Alessandra is passionate about gender in tourism and has written and spoken extensively on the subject over the last 12 years, including at the United Nations World Tourism Day. She is well known as co-founder of Shine People and Places – a boutique outfit dedicate to supporting women in the workplace - and The Shine Awards for Women Achievements in Travel Tourism Hospitality and Events, which she ran between 2004 and 2010 before Sector Skills Council People 1st took them over. Prior to Shine Alessandra worked at KPMG, where she built the Travel & Tourism division, and the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Alessandra has an executive MBA from the University of Ediburgh/Grande Ecole Pons combined; she is a qualified coach/mentor for performance in the workplace and she is a member of several industry bodies including AWTE and the UK Tourism Society.
For my latest blog, I am delighted to interview the passionate founder of Earth Changers, Vicky Smith. Like me, Vicky is passionate about empowering women through sustainable tourism and giving ... Read more
This week it is my pleasure to interview Barbara (Bobby) Stewart, Executive Manager: Strategic Relations and Human Resources, V&A Waterfront. Bobby was a mentor at the recent Women in Travel meetup in ... Read more
For the current blog I am delighted to interview the amazing Chantelle Cole, Executive Manager: Strategic Projects and Brand at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Chantelle tells us about her career ... Read more
Thursday 8th March was International Women’s Day 2018 and its theme was #pressforprogress. Women in Travel run a day of celebration in connection with a leading hospitality trade show here ... Read more
According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Women in Work Index 2016, Women Returners still make up a significantly underutilised resource. In particular, this research shows that in the UK an additional £1.7bn of ... Read more
In the 1970’s, economist and Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, from the Chicago School of Economics, asserted that the purpose of organisation is to create value for its shareholders Numerous ... Read more
Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Hanan Partner at executive recruitment firm Dunleavy White. Sarah discusses the challenging career context for women in aviation and in particular women pilots. Make sure ... Read more
Today’s guest blogger is Rachel O’Reilly, Head of Communications for Kuoni UK. Rachel discusses the importance of the right role models and the opportunities she had working in the travel ... Read more
Today’s guest blogger is Claire Hazle, director of Marketing and Ecommerce for Cosmos Tours and Cruises, Avalon River Cruises, Archers Holidays. Claire discusses female empowerment and how a latex leotard ... Read more
My guest blogger this week is Natalia Komis founder of iamadventures. Natalia is an adventure maiden, artist and creative activator. Having gained a Fine Art Degree and studied Arts Therapy ... Read more
A travelling family of digital nomads tell their story. Travelling professionals (a former retail manager and a financial advisor) Tracey and Rob took extended sabbaticals to see the world with ... Read more
This week I have a guest blogger in Devika Jina Communications and Reporting Coordinator, Youth Career Initiative (YCI). YCI is an initiative of the International Tourism Partnership and Business in the Community and provides ... Read more
This week my guest blogger is Nora Russell, WTM Women in Travel panelist and Marketing Manager at Women for Women International an organisation dedicated to supporting women in countries affected ... Read more
As the (UK) Shine Awards night approaches on 16th September– in which women from across the hospitality, travel and tourism industry will be crowned as outstanding professionals, managers and business ... Read more