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

In the fabulous surroundings of this iconic venue, a packed agenda includes keynote addresses, panel discussions and the launch of WiHTL and DiR’s Annual Report.

Registration: 10.30-11.00am GMT

Please note that this event is not ticketed. Badges to be collected upon arrival at the venue.

Inclusion Summit: 11.00-4.00pm GMT

Networking: 4.00-5.00pm GMT


Founder of Portas, Co-Chair of the Better Business Act, Retail Expert, Broadcaster, and Author of ‘Work like a Woman’ and ‘Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy’.


John is an organisational psychologist, bestselling New York Times author and Founder of APS Intelligence and is known for his storytelling, confronting uncomfortable truths and inspiring people to grow and develop in ways they couldn't possibly imagine.

"We are a very proud member of the WiHTL Community. We recognise how important diversity, equity and inclusion is to the success of our business and the work that Tea and the team continue to do has supported us in our plans. I am delighted that we will be hosting the Inclusion Summit at ODEON LUXE Leicester Square on the 1st November. It will be a great opportunity to step back and celebrate the progress made and the industry’s commitment to creating inclusive environments."

Mark Way, President of AMC Europe & Managing Director ODEON Cinemas Group

"Creating an inclusive environment for all our colleagues is a priority for us at ODEON Cinemas Group, and WiHTL has been a key partner as we’ve focused on how we continue to bring this to life in all parts of our business. I am delighted that we are hosting the WiHTL Inclusion Summit at our ODEON LUXE Leicester Square on the 1st November. I look forward to spending the afternoon sharing ideas with like-minded businesses across the industry who are as passionate about making a difference as we are."

Carol Welch, Managing Director ODEON UKI & Commercial Officer ODEON Cinemas Group

"Working with WiHTL has been invaluable for us at ODEON Cinemas Group. We know how important diversity and inclusion is to the engagement of our colleagues and to the wider success of our business. Tea has set up a community across the industry and created multiple conversations about how we continue to build inclusive environments in our business and improve diversity across the sector. We are excited to be hosting the WiHTL Inclusion Summit on the 1st November at our ODEON LUXE Leicester Square, where we have the opportunity to continue those conversations."

Suzie Welch, Chief People Officer, ODEON Cinemas Group


The day will conclude with a drinks reception in the convivial setting of Oscar’s Bar to toast our five-year anniversary, the incredible progress we have made together as a community this year, and will be a fantastic opportunity for attendees to network among industry peers.

Time: 4.00-5.00pm GMT

The Summit objective is to showcase the significant benefits of inclusive cultures and to shine the spotlight on the tangible progress which has been made among our member organisations over the past twelve months. This event is a celebration of the diverse talent in our industry, some of whom we have had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting during our leadership development programmes: the Ethnic Future Leaders Programme, the Ethnic Senior Leaders Programme and the Global Female Leader Programme. Their achievements have been inspirational and worthy of on-going recognition within our HTL and Retail Communities.

A host of expert speakers and panelists from across the D&I spectrum will lead conversations ranging from gender to race and ethnicity, from LGBTQ+ to social mobility, and from age to disability and wellbeing. Building on our past successes, we want to look to the future by setting new, industry-wide objectives based, in part, on collaborative input from those attending the Summit. By joining in, attendees will help us shape the next steps in our diverse industry.



Hear insights and learning from industry leaders plus lived experiences from underrepresented groups including those who have taken part in our programmes.


Meet others from the HTL and Retail sectors to share ideas and encourage even greater collaboration within our communities.


Discover best practices and success stories with proven impact to help stimulate D&I strategies.


Take part in the conversation in an interactive and safe space with an opportunity to share opinion and ask questions.


Our five-year anniversary is a celebration for everyone in our Collaboration Communities. The passion and dedication of WiHTL and DiR members play an intrinsic role in all our successes. The Summit is also an opportunity to bring together and recognise the achievements of those who have graduated from our Leadership Development Programmes and their ongoing commitment to inspiring and nurturing the development of diverse teams and inclusive cultures.

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