The winner of the Castell Project’s inaugural Castell Award must exemplify one or more certain characteristics, such as being a change-maker and gender equality champion.

THE CASTELL PROJECT, an organization dedicated toward promoting the careers of women in the hospitality industry, is now seeking to honor individuals who share its mission. The project is now accepting nominations for its inaugural Castell Award to recognize a woman leader in hospitality investment.

The award, to be presented at this year’s Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in September, will go to a woman who represents one or more certain characteristics. They must be a change-maker, a trailblazer, a gender equality champion and a principled professional.

“The work we are doing to assist  women secure one in every three leadership seats in the hospitality industry would not be possible without the powerful females already making a difference in our industry,” said Peggy Berg, president and founder of the Castell Project.  “There is a plethora of these deserving leaders, and we anxiously await learning about the impact they are having on coworkers, female and male, and how they are shifting the culture within their organizations.  We look forward to sharing these stories to inspire other women as they find their own paths to success.”

The winner will receive a handcrafted award designed by artist Brad McCollum representing the numerous levels women overcome to succeed. Nomination forms are available here. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019.

In March, the organization announced its “Ladder Up” campaign to raise $1 million to support programs that help women advance their careers. That includes participation for women in Castell leadership development programs at all levels, driving awareness of the need for gender diversity and engagement in the hospitality industry and research, including Castell Project’s annual report.