Lisa Holladay, Ritz-Carlton

Lisa Holladay, VP & Global Brand Leader, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari

The head of the Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts brands spent 12 years “growing up” at Mercedes-Benz USA before joining the hotel industry—and she is right where she wants to be. “My current position is my dream job,” she said. “With my role at Marriott International, I’m fortunate to be able to combine my passion for travel and luxury brands. I made the change from the automotive industry to hospitality because I believe in the power of travel to break down barriers and build connections with others.” In Holladay’s opinion, alignment is more important than influence, at least internally. “I try to create a culture of transparency and positivity,” she said. “If we all have what is best for our company, brands and teams as a priority, it is about sharing our passion and perspective to come to the best decisions.” Holladay attributes part of her success to mentors she has had over the years, beginning with her parents. “I strive to seek out those individuals who have expertise in diverse areas and are willing to share their time and experience with me,” she said. “Learning from their experience and using their successes as motivation have helped me grow and achieve personal and professional goals.” Her advice for women who want to become leaders? “Seize every opportunity you have, be curious, ask questions and listen.”    

Lisa Holladay, Ritz-Carlton

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