frequently asked questions
The Day of Impact is an opportunity for women and allies who work in the travel industry to develop and mitigate the regressive impact of COVID-19 on their career progress. THRIVE hosts this event to connect women across the industry through our THRIVE Match Networking program with the goal of helping one another achieve their potential and overcome COVID-19 related career impacts.
You should receive an email signaling that you have signed up successfully to our program. You will receive the details of your match in June. After that, the program will continue on a monthly basis and you will receive your match information at the beginning of each month.
Allies of Women in Travel Thrive can now participate in our THRIVE Match Networking Program! You will be paired up with women from the travel industry. You can sign up here! You can also sign up for our email distribution for more information about Women In Travel Thrive. We would also appreciate your donations to help make Women in Travel Thrive and the Day of Impact a success. If interested, you can donate here.
If you are interested in participating in the board or helping to plan the next Day of Impact, please reach out to us at email@example.com
We hope that everyone who signs up to participate will be responsive and give their time. However, if you find this is not the case we make matches monthly and we urge you to sign up for the next month of matches!
During your initial meeting, we recommend that you bring up with your THRIVE Match the possibility of continuing the relationship past your initial networking meeting. If both members of the relationship agree, you can discuss a cadence to meet (maybe monthly, quarterly, etc.) and the duration. Keep in mind that in today’s environment, networking relationships can be a quick text, a few emails, (virtual) coffee, etc. and does not have to be the traditional one hour a week/month/quarter meeting.
We strongly believe that connections can be made cross-industry or cross-department.
Networking with individuals from another industry or department can provide an unbiased perspective that you can learn from.
Furthermore, there are many skills that are transferrable from one industry to another. Those can be leadership skills, time management, customer service, etc.
We strongly believe that connections can be made cross-industry or cross-department. In fact, someone from a different industry or department can provide invaluable unbiased feedback that can assist on our journey to grow.
If your THRIVE Match is unresponsive, you can apply for our next month of pairings.
Our inaugural pairings will happen the first week of June. After that, our form will stay open and matches will happen monthly – you will receive your match at the beginning of each month.
The amount of time invested is up to you and your THRIVE match! We have many people who meet in a networking capacity who continue meeting monthly or quarterly. There are others who will meet once and just keep in touch via LinkedIn, etc. Please discuss with your THRIVE Match the expectations for communication.
The purpose of networking is to better utilize the experience, knowledge and skills of talented and successful professionals to help advance the careers of less experienced ones. For Women in Travel Thrive, it is about ensuring the future of our role and opportunities in the travel industry. By working together we can help build one another up to grow and overcome the natural hurdles that exist for women in the travel industry that have unfortunately grown considerably as a consequence of the pandemic.
During your first meeting, you will likely spend one hour getting to know your match and learn about their experience and industry background. At the end of your meeting, we advise that you speak to your match about potential cadences to continue the relationship.
- Get to know each other! It will be much easier to open up, share struggles, and ask for advice when you have gotten to know your THRIVE Match.
- Define expectations. Speak to your match at the beginning of the relationship to clearly define expectations for your conversations (frequency, purpose, etc.) to ensure everyone is on the same page.
- Actively participate. Come to your conversation with specific topics you want to work through or need advice/assistance on.
- Maintain contact. Life is crazy sometimes and it can be easy to put your networking relationship on the back-burner. Maintaining contact, even if it is one text message a month, is key to building a strong networking relationship.
Code of Ethics
Women in Travel Thrive want to create an environment where mentors and mentees can have a good experience and learn from one another. To ensure this is possible, we ask that you adhere to the following Code of Ethics at all times:
- Be respectful of each other’s time.
- Be prepared – come with questions, topics, or ideas to share with your mentor/mentee.
- Use appropriate language and communication.
- Respect each other’s professional boundaries (do not ask for a letter of recommendation after one meeting or ask that they get you a job).
- Keep the conversation professional (do not bring up religion/politics or ask about their personal life unless they are willing to share).
THRIVE Match participants and Women in Travel Thrive, Inc. reserve the right to remove participants at any time if they are not following this Code of Ethics. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.