MCCSN 2019 Women In Tourism & Hospitality

Nominations Criteria


MCCSN focuses on issues relating to women in the workplace and the changing landscape of tourism and hospitality by presenting THE WITH Awards during Women’s History Month. This has led to its recognition as the premier organization celebrating the contributions of professional San Diego metro-area women in tourism and hospitality.

Although most people enjoy the tourism and hospitality industry at some point in their lives, the industry remains a mystery to many. There is a widespread misconception that the industry provides mainly low paying jobs. That is simply untrue.


The women selected to receive the MCCSN WITH award prove that:

  • The tourism and hospitality industry is wide, deep and complex.

  • The industry is one of the largest employers and a big economic contributor for most cities.

  • The industry teaches leadership, big picture thinking, strategy development and, most

    importantly, customer service.

  • The industry is rich with opportunities for personal and professional growth and often provides

    lifelong and rewarding careers.

  • Women have leveraged those opportunities and made an enormous impact on their community,

    city, state and the world. Women have contributed to the advancement of the tourism and

  • hospitality Industry. And, women have provided inspiration to and opportunities for the

    professional development of their colleagues and of future generations.

    Annually, for the past three years, MCCSN has selected six extraordinarily talented female executives who are leading the way and making significant contributions in tourism and hospitality while empowering tomorrow’s leaders. MCCSN presents the WITH awards at a luncheon event in a fun and elegant environment that is informative, inspirational, community building and energizing for all who attend. MCCSN also presents WITH scholarship awards during the luncheon to leave a legacy within qualifying women students residing in the San Diego region, 18 years and older, attending a trade school, college, or university with a major in tourism and hospitality.

Industry colleagues, you now have the opportunity to nominate a woman who embodies the traits, industry experience and accomplishments we are seeking in an awardee. We have composed a team of industry leaders to review nominations and select the awardees.


Think of a woman you’ve worked with, or a peer who would be perfect for this honor. A role model, an achiever, a woman who combines extraordinary imagination and generosity with realism and action. A woman whose outstanding contributions to the tourism and hospitality industry deserve the spotlight. A game changer, a rule breaker, a trailblazer. A woman who is WITH it!

Some of the industry sectors considered for awards include:

  • Meeting and Convention Management, Convention Centers

  • Destination Management Company (DMC)

  • Digital Marketing

  • Events and Attractions - owners/strategists /managers of establishments that operate facilities or provide services that educate patrons or enable them to participate (ex. Legoland, Zoo, SeaWorld, Casinos, Aquatica San Diego, Museums, Historical Sites, Theaters, Cruise Ships, etc.)

  • Hoteliers and Suppliers

o Airport executives

o Port of San Diego executives

o Restaurants, Caterers, Breweries, Transportation Companies, etc.)

o Event Suppliers (ex., décorating companies, audio visual companies, etc.)


  • Nominations Close: Friday January 18, 2019

  • Nominees Selected: Friday, January 25, 2019

  • Awardees Announced: Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Award Luncheon Held: Thursday, March 14, 2019