This week 18 women from G Adventures, the small group adventure tour operator, are gathering in Northern California to explore the topic of women’s leadership. The eight-day meeting signifies the inaugural launch of what has been labeled "G Women’s Leadership Camp" or GWLC for the 22-year-old company (follow on Twitter using hashtag #gwlc). Bringing women from around the globe, including Africa, Germany, Australia, Canada and the US, the purpose of the meeting is a combination of professional and personal development.
"Our goal for the week is to further discuss how we can develop and become better leaders; and how we can help other women to do the same," said Amanda Chew, Director of Global Talent for G Adventures.
With an application process open to all G Adventures’ women employees worldwide, the final selection of 18 hailed from all areas of the company and represented many of its global offices. The selection was based on a video submission or written response to three questions including: What woman leader you admire most and why.
“This week has been all about exploring both the challenges and the opportunities that exist for women,” says Cyndi Zesk, vice president of global marketing and US general manager. "We asked ourselves why should we host a leadership camp for women? Is that the right thing to do? And the answers we received included: It is imperative to have a stronger female voice at the table so as a team we are making more well balanced and well rounded decisions. We also strongly believe that creating more leadership among women today will help tomorrow's generation of both females and males become stronger and better leaders themselves."
The idea for GWLC was presented last September at the company’s annual G-Stock meeting by its founder Bruce Poon Tip as one way the company can live its core values, two of which include Do the Right Thing and Create Happiness and Community.
Adds Chew, "We are just halfway through the week's program and have already created some inspiring and exciting ideas around ways G women can further women's leadership globally."
In addition to daily brainstorming sessions participants have also enjoyed Napa Valley's vineyards, gone kayaking, participated in a cooking class in Sonoma and walked across San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
About G Adventures
G Adventures is an adventure-travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries. Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The intimate, authentic and sustainable approach to small-group travel introduces travellers to the highlights of a destination while offering the freedom to explore it on their own. Whatever age, interest, ability or budget, G Adventures has a genuine life-changing experience.