Marina MacDonald, Red Roof Inn

Marina MacDonald, Chief Marketing Officer, Red Roof Inn

Leading the charge for women leaders in hospitality is a role Marina MacDonald has filled throughout her career. Last year she launched Red Roof’s first-ever women’s forum to connect women across the company, share knowledge and insights on specific skill sets and encourage entrepreneurial and leadership positions within the industry. “We had an intimate group of 80 women and it was by all accounts a great success,” she said. “We’re actually doing another session at our brand conference this year and then we’ll have a follow-up conference in 2018.” Earlier this year she was awarded the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Paving the Way award for her efforts to encourage women to grow their careers and pursue leadership roles. Her influence is widespread, but how does she herself measure influence? “You measure influence by affecting change,” she said. “If you can change attitudes or enlighten folks to a different mindset that sparks a change in their behavior, that is influence.” The future for women in hospitality is extremely bright and there are endless possibilities, according to MacDonald. “There is nothing in this industry that women can’t do. Hard work and continuous learning will bring success,” she said. “I’ve been pleased by the influx of women leaders at Red Roof and specifically I take great pride in trailblazing, mentoring women for future growth and exciting career paths. I love when I see people move up in their career and I had a part in that.”

Marina MacDonald, Red Roof Inn

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