Fostering leadership and professional growth for women in tourism | The Planner

In partnership with Africa Tourism Partners (ATP), Cornell University (USA) has made available an exclusive offer and invitation to women in tourism, in executive leadership and in leadership positions, to enroll for Cornell Universityโ€™s two and a half-month online certificate programmes.

To be delivered through the Cornell Universityโ€™s eCornell platform, the main thrust of this programme is to drive women inclusivity across the African travel, tourism and hospitality value chain. This is one of the key outcomes of annual Africa Tourism Leadership Forum held in Botswana in 2022 and 2023, as well as a critical component of Africa Tourism Innovation Hub initiative being pursued by Africa Tourism Partners and key stakeholders.

The main thrust of this programme is to drive women inclusivity across the African travel, tourism and hospitality value chain.

Ultimately, the programme aims to foster leadership and professional growth for women in tourism, in executive and management positions.

Close to a 90% discount

This special offer gives participants an almost 90% discount of the Universityโ€™s standard programme fees, as a result of the partnership forged between Cornell University and Africa Tourism Partners, mainly for the professional and executive development of African women in leadership and executive management positions.

Participants will attain an Executive Women in Leadership or Women in Leadership certificate from Cornell University with 50 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) on completion of the programme. Space is limited as the first cohort will be made available to only 35 participants per propgramme. The programme will commence in December 2023 and January 2024.

A female-focused programme

Core courses for the certificate programme include Power and Gender Dynamics; Developing Executive Presence for Women Leaders; Gender Bias and Negotiation Strategies; and The Network Effect. Additionally, participants may choose one (1) of the following elective courses:

  • Decoding the Gender Gap in Board Membership
  • Fostering an Inclusive Climate
  • Becoming a Strategic Leader.

Cornell University offers over 290 online professional development certificate programmes and courses. These are designed for public and private sector executives, managers, entrepreneurs and start-ups in a wide variety of disciplines. Among these are, Leadership and Strategic Management, Finance and Business Performance, Business Strategy, Hospitality and Food Service Management, Data Science, Finance & Business, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Technology and more. To read more about the programme and explore other relevant certificated learning opportunities for you, colleagues and your staff, click here.

To register and role for the programme, kindly contact contact Ms. Rejoice Chishamba at: or +27 81 303 7030.