Castell Project: Black hospitality representation decreased in last year

In spite of trade statements of assist, Black workers misplaced its share of hospitality trade employment and remained under-represented in management over the previous year.

Those are the findings of the “Black Representation in Hospitality Leadership 2021” report launched by The Castell Project Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit group devoted to accelerating the careers of girls professionals in the hospitality trade.

“Hospitality is much more depending on Black workers than different industries in North America, so fairness and inclusion will likely be vitally necessary to the trade’s capability to draw workers post-COVID,” mentioned Peggy Berg, chair, Castell Project. “This is a time of outstanding alternative, as just about each firm in the hospitality trade restructures directly. As McKinsey & Company studies, ‘various corporations outperform trade friends over time, and the penalties are getting steeper for these missing variety.’ This is the hospitality trade’s uncommon likelihood to open alternative to various workers and to rebuild equitably.”

The report exhibits the general public face of hospitality trade management. Analysts captured data from the web sites of lodge corporations based mostly in the U.S. and Canada listed in the STR Directory of Hotel & Lodging Companies. Each entry was reviewed twice, as soon as in the corporate web site after which in comparison with the LinkedIn profile. The dataset consists of 7,243 folks in 801 corporations for 2020. Statistics proven replicate workers from the extent of director by CEO. Highlights of the report:

  • Black representation in management for the general public face of the hospitality trade fell from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, solely 11% of the 801 lodge firm web sites reviewed for this research confirmed Black executives (director by CEO) in comparison with 16% of 630 firm web sites in 2019.
  • Black executives represented 1.6% of hospitality trade executives on the director by CEO stage on firm web sites in 2020. This is 10.9 occasions decrease than their 17.5% share of hospitality trade employment. This signifies that development is just not equitable for Black workers in the hospitality trade.
  • One in 5.7 trade workers is Black in comparison with one in all 49 VPs and one in all 58 EVP/SVPs proven on web sites at year-end 2020.
  • Average employment in traveler lodging fell 35% (by 479,000 folks) from 2019 to 2020, regardless of full employment in the months earlier than the pandemic, in keeping with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The hospitality trade let go the next proportion of its Black workforce than different workers. Black workers comprised 17.5% of traveler lodging workers in 2020, down from 18.8% in 2019. The hospitality trade additionally let go the next proportion of Black workers than the general common for U.S. companies. In 2020, 12.1% of all folks employed have been Black, down solely barely from 12.3% in 2019.
  • Korn Ferry studies that Black folks maintain 5% of govt positions throughout all industries and 4% at S&P 500 corporations. This compares to the hospitality trade at 1.6%.
  • Intersectionality, the mixed affect of race and gender is extra pronounced for Black girls at every larger stage.

“This is a pivotal second,” Berg mentioned. “Because of the size of enterprise disruption through the pandemic, how we convey folks again to work, and who we convey again, will outline the trade for years to come back. This is a pivotal second as we form the trade for a various future market.”

A full copy of the report could be discovered on the Castell Project web site at

For extra on how the hospitality trade is specializing in the difficulty of variety and inclusion, be certain to join our upcoming Hot Topics session, “Breaking the Barriers: Creating an Industry for All,” scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, from 3-4 pm (EST).

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