Coca-Cola’s Susan Gambardella will deliver a keynote speech at the Women 1st 2013 Conference.

Gambardella, who is vice president of the global account team for Coca-Cola Refreshment, will highlight the benefits of women’s professional networks and gender-balanced leadership to the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.

The event takes place on June 19 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

Gambardella is currently the vice-chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, whose mission it is to advance women’s leadership in the US foodservice industry. 

Its corporate members include McDonalds, PepsiCo, Sodexo, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Gambardella said: “The fact is that gender-balanced boardrooms make commercial sense. To secure senior director positions, it is important to know and meet the right people – and that’s where professional networks play a pivotal role. 

“Organisations like Women 1st not only facilitate networking events to help women meet others in decision-making positions, they also provide the training and guidance to help women maximise such events. The Women 1st Conference is a must-attend for any woman keen to climb the career ladder.”

Following the conference, Women 1st will announce the winners of its annual Shine Awards and 25 women will be inducted into the Top 100 Club, some of the most influential women in travel and tourism.

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