Leslie Hale to receive Castell Award

The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLAF) has revealed that Leslie Hale, president/CEO, RLJ Lodging Trust and vice chair of the AHLA board of directors, is the recipient of the third-annual Castell Award honoring a female trailblazer in the hospitality investment arena.

To be presented at the Lodging Conference on Sept. 20, the Castell Award spotlights female trailblazers who are paving the way for more women to rise to the top of their fields.

From setting and executing the strategic vision for RLJ Lodging Trust—leading the execution of RLJ’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2011 and overseeing the first merger of two hospitality REITs in 2017—to playing a pivotal role on the AHLA board of directors, Hale exemplifies change in the hospitality arena, according to the foundation. She also serves on the board of directors of Macy’s Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., is a Howard University Trustee and is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch.

“Leslie is the ideal candidate for this important award,” said Rosanna Maietta, president/CEO, AHLA Foundation. “Over the years, her dedication to advancing the hospitality industry sets the gold standard for leadership, has inspired men and women in our industry and we are thrilled to honor her leadership.”

“We amplify women’s voices in the hospitality industry, bringing recognition to the industry’s top talent,” said Peggy Berg, founder, Castell Project. “The Castell Award elevates women who pave the way for others. We are delighted to add Leslie as the newest recipient of this award and celebrate her remarkable achievements.”