The WiHTL & DiR Inclusion Summit was a multi-faceted celebration of diversity and inclusion in the hospitality, travel, leisure and retail sectors. It took place on the 1st November 2022 in the heart of London at the iconic ODEON LUXE, Leicester Square. The in-person event brought together members of our WiHTL and Diversity in Retail Collaboration Communities. 

Event Summary: The doors of the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square opened on Tuesday 1st November to hundreds of attendees from our WiHTL and DiR Collaboration Community, who joined us for a wonderful day of thought leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion in the hospitality, travel, leisure and retail sectors. The day provided a perfect opportunity to connect and network with each other, particularly as this was the first time many of us were able to meet in person. 

The four panel conversations unpicked the challenges and opportunities of driving change to give our attendees some great practical takeaway and the passion of the panellists was clear as they discussed the progress we’ve seen over the last 5 years, the reasons why DE&I is important to organisations and to them personally and what still needs to happen to continue advancing DE&I in the working world today. 


The Fireside Chats hosted by Lynne Weedall (Senior Independent Director at Dr Martens and WiHTL Advisory Board member) with Mary Portas, and WiHTL and DiR Founder and Chair Tea Colaianni with John Amaechi OBE were inspirational, deeply personal, and at times emotional for the attendees to hear, and we are very thankful to both guests for their honesty and openness. 

Below are some key quotes from our panellists. 

See below to view our highlights video. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us. To all those who couldn’t, recordings will be available via The Hub soon.

To access the WiHTL and DiR Annual Report, click here.