Vail Resorts Named One of ‘America’s Best Employers for Women’

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Vail Resorts, Inc.has been named one of “America’s Best Employers for Women” by Forbes for its continued efforts to elevate women in leadership. Vail Resorts is one of only 13 Travel & Leisure companies to be included in the second annual list.

“We appreciate this exciting acknowledgment from Forbes in recognition of the ongoing efforts we’ve made to create an environment that encourages and enables growth opportunities for women at our company,” said Lynanne Kunkel, chief human resources officer. “While there’s more work to be done, we’re proud to have so many female trailblazers in operational leadership in an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated. We’re also proud of the strong number of women on the Vail Resorts Executive Committee and Board of Directors.”

Forbes, in collaboration with analytics firm Statista, selected America’s Best Employers for Women using an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 60,000 U.S. employees, including 40,000 women, working for companies employing at least 1,000 people.

While Vail Resorts has had leadership development programs designed to empower women in place for several years, in March, the company announced a new enterprise-wide initiative: POWDER. Standing for Providing Opportunities for Women through Diversity, Equality, and Respect, the new program for women and men is designed to foster an inclusive culture that attracts and retains a broad range of talent and promotes diverse leadership growth opportunities.

The recognition by Forbes is the latest for Vail Resorts, which was named one of “America’s Best Employers” by the publication in April for the fourth year in a row. The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce also named the company a “Champion of Change” last fall for its efforts to advance women in a male-dominated industry.

To learn more about how women in operational leadership roles have blazed the trail at Vail Resorts, listen to the Trailblazers episode of the company’s “Epic by Nature” podcast. More about the employee experience can be found at

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