Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International

Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International
Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International

Being a strong and effective leader can be challenging at times, but it is also incredibly rewarding, according to Stephanie Linnartz. “I feel very lucky to be surrounded by many strong female leaders at Marriott International and around the travel and hospitality industry in general,” she said. “We are all challenged with insecurities of different kinds—no human is immune from that feeling—but it’s how we acknowledge those insecurities, persevere despite them and leverage our strengths that really defines us as leaders. It’s also about women helping other women—this has always been very important to me throughout my life, whether in school growing up or throughout my professional career—it’s about having each other’s back and celebrating each other’s successes.” Linnartz said Marriott doesn’t just talk the talk about advancement of women, it walks the walk. “Today, nearly 30 percent of our board of directors is comprised of women, four of our CEO’s direct reports are women and we have eight women leading business divisions,” she said. “I know a big part of my success at Marriott International is due to the support and friendship I received from various women over the years, especially during some tougher times when I didn’t really know how I was going to balance the extensive travel and being a mother to young children.” No matter what challenges Linnartz faces, she is sure of one thing: “There’s never been a more exciting time to work in the hospitality industry.”

Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International

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