The company’s new complimentary education program is designed to help displaced or furloughed travel workers expand their skill sets, develop professional networks and open career opportunities while the industry starts the road to recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Expedia Group Academy offers online learning modules led by industry and subject matter experts as well as Expedia Group executives. Modules will include presentations and video lessons.
“Expedia Group Academy is part of our holistic approach to help the entire travel industry, including our displaced workers, stay productive and on a path towards growth and success during this disruption,” said Melissa Maher, acting chief inclusion officer, Expedia Group. “Expedia Group Academy will help upskill industry employees as they look to return to full time employment in a way that strengthens not only their career opportunities but will also make them a valuable addition to any company.”
The core goal of Expedia Group Academy is to provide participants with knowledge, networks and resources to support their return to the travel industry workforce. Participants and interested individuals can also connect with other participants on the Expedia Group Academy LinkedIn Group.
Professional Development: The learning journey begins with three tracks to develop interpersonal skills, including elevating your personal brand, and managing online reputation.
Industry Overview: To build on interpersonal skills, Expedia Group Academy shares insights into the various sectors of the travel industry ranging from lodging, activities, air, car rental, and cruise, providing participants with an understanding of each sector.
Enhancing Business Skills: Participants will develop skills in high-demand areas such as marketing, data science, and revenue management. All material is presented with a travel industry lens.
Leadership: Listen to Expedia Group's leaders and industry professionals talk about leadership.
Insights: The Insights team has provided learning materials to help you better understand your color energies and how to apply them in the workplace.
Interview with Melissa Maher and Blair Taylor from PwC.
In June 2020, Melissa Maher, SVP of Marketing & Industry Engagement, Expedia Group spoke with Blair Taylor, Partner, PwC People & Organization to discuss corporate responsibility in addressing racial injustice and actions companies are taking. Blair also offers sincere advice for furloughed workers. As Blair says, "we still haven't been able to gain empathy for one another…when you gain empathy, you gain an authentic voice." Check out the whole discussion below.