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Forbes Recognizes Choice Hotels as a Top Company for Women

Choice Hotels earns the honor from Forbes for the second year in a row

By Todd R. Berger

11.8.23 Forbes Recognizes Choice Hotels as a Top Hotel Chain for Women
Seating area in the lobby of the Cambria Pittsburgh Downtown in Pennsylvania, part of the Choice Hotels chain that Forbes has honored. || Courtesy of Cambria Pittsburgh Downtown

Forbes honored Choice Hotels International as one of the “World’s Top Companies for Women 2023.” This is the second consecutive year that Choice Hotels has been recognized on this list that assesses companies on employer brand, public opinion, and leadership scores.

“We are honored to be named one of Forbes’ top companies in the world for women for the second year in a row,” says Simone Wu, senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and external affairs, Choice Hotels, in a prepared statement. “Every day I’m inspired by the women at Choice, whose work and leadership across the company are critical to our performance and success. This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our workplace supports the unique perspectives of all associates and dedication to being a community where everyone can achieve personal and professional fulfilment.”

Choice continues to offer its associates more career and growth opportunities. For example, an associate-led Choice Resource Group—the Women’s Business Alliance—connects Choice women with one another socially and professionally. The alliance promotes the growth and development of women, provides women leaders a forum to give back, and acts as a sounding board for women’s issues in the workplace.

“Choice has been widely recognized as a ‘Best Place to Work’ partly due to its dedication to diversity and inclusion of associates,” says Sally Bartas, chief talent and culture officer, Choice Hotels. “This recognition by Forbes further reinforces that Choice has invested in its people, its platforms, and its value proposition—including but not limited to our employee resource groups, career advancement initiatives, and so much more.”

Ideation by Choice associates led to the creation of the HERtels by Choice program, an educational pathway that helps women entrepreneurs gain knowledge of with hotel investment. Since its inception, the company has awarded more than 25 contracts specifically to women entrepreneurs.

In addition to being named one of the “World’s Top Companies for Women 2023,” Choice is an award-winning employer earning mention on Newsweek’s “Most Trustworthy Companies in America” (2023), Newsweek’s “America’s Greatest Workplaces for Parents and Families” (2023), Forbes’ “America’s Best Large Employers” (2023), Forbes’s “World’s Best Employers” (2022), Forbes’s “The Best Employers for Veterans” (2022), Human Rights Campaign’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” (2022), and DEI’s “Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities” (2022).