Black Meetings and Tourism

January / February 2020

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W hile progress has been made, the reality is that only 2% of the world's mariners are women. But not at Celebrity Cruises. The modern luxury brand is lead- ing the industry into a more diverse future with their bold initiatives to #BRIDGEthegap. Now, the brand that made headlines by hiring the first American female cruise ship captain, Kate McCue, and again by announcing that 22% of their bridge teams are made up of women, is now continu- ing with another historic milestone: the announcement of the first-ever sailing with an entirely female bridge and offi- cer team. This historic sailing will take place on International Women's Day – March 8, 2020 – aboard the brand's newest and award winning ship, Celebrity Edge. Captain McCue will be at the helm and will be accompanied by 26 other women to create an all-female bridge and officer leadership team, and Celebrity's President and CEO Lisa Lutoff- Perlo. "We are all passionate about closing the gender gap," said Lutoff-Perlo. "Over the last few years, we have worked hard to diversify the crew on board and bring more women than ever into our industry. None of this could have been possible without the leadership and shared vision of the extraordinary men and women I work with every day, led by Patrik Dahlgren and Brian Abel – who take this chal- lenge to heart and have made it possible. We are fortunate to have many incredible, experienced and beyond-qualified women who have worked tirelessly to achieve these posi- tions. And we also celebrate the many men who continue to support them and help champion having more women crew onboard." Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Patrik Dahlgren, who has spearheaded Celebrity's bridge diversification efforts under the leadership of Lutoff-Perlo, added: "Since 2015, we have raised the percentage of qualified women on our navigational bridges from 3% to 22%. Now we hope this all-time industry-high will continue to grow; we just need more women to raise their hands for careers at sea, especially in engineering." "Excitement does not even begin to describe how I'm feeling about working alongside these incredible, barrier- breaking women on Celebrity Edge for this truly historic sailing," added Captain McCue. "I am inspired every day by the amazing women we have working throughout this organization – both on land and at sea. They're proof that there's power in diversity." The below all-women bridge and leadership team for this historic sailing of Celebrity Edge represents 17 different countries, including: • Captain Kate McCue – USA • Staff Captain Maria Gotor – Spain • Hotel Director Niina Hautaniemi – Finland • Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington – United Kingdom • F&B Director Byliana Velikova – Bulgaria • Senior Doctor Jennifer Bernardo – Philippines • Cruise Director Sue Denning – United Kingdom • Safety Officer Ionela Burduja – Romania • Associate Hotel Director Milana Dortangs – Netherlands • Revenue and Marketing Director Sarah Guinot – France • HR Manager Angel George – USA • Financial Controller Teresa de Guzman – Philippines • Chief Housekeeper Lyudmyla Miroshnychenko – Ukraine • Safety Investigation Officer Alexandra Villarreal – USA Environmental Officer Maria Karoutsou – Greece Chief Security Officer Mor Segev – Israel B M & T ••• January/February 2020 ••• 25 BARRIER-BREAKING. HISTORY-MAKING. CELEBRITY CRUISES TO SET SAIL WITH FIRST-EVER ALL-FEMALE BRIDGE AND OFFICER TEAM The First-Of-Its-Kind Sailing Will Take Place Onboard Celebrity Edge in Recognition and Celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, 2020

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