W Hotels Worldwide Launches Global Speaker Series Featuring
Dynamic, Inspiring Women From Around the World

Series Debuted Last Night at W London – Leicester Square, with
Diane von Furstenberg in Conversation with Mary Katrantzou

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
(NYSE:HOT), today announced WHAT SHE SAID – a new global speaker series
featuring inspirational women from the worlds of fashion, music, tech,
media and more. W is giving these incredible women at the top of their
game a stage in which to share their personal stories at W Hotels around
the world, inviting attendees to mix, mingle and network at the hotel’s
Living Room bar after each talk. Most events are free and open to the
public on a first come basis, with the aim to inspire the audience in an
unfiltered and uniquely W way.

“W thrives on bringing together bold, dynamic personalities with
different points of view,” said Suzanne Cohen, Director of North
American Brand Marketing, W Hotels. “WHAT SHE SAID shines a light on
some of the most creative, outspoken women who are shaping the world
today, uniting them together for conversations that are candid and real.
W is where creativity comes to play, and it’s the diversity of our
guests’ opinions and our shared appetite for what’s new/next that feeds
that continuous energy.”

The series debuted last night at W London – Leicester Square, as
legendary designer, icon and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg
joined one of the most exciting new talents of her generation,
London-based designer Mary Katrantzou, for an intimate
conversation moderated by Calgary Avansino, the entrepreneur and
contributor to British Vogue. The two women spoke candidly about
their journeys to a crowd that included the designers from the current
CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} class who are in town for a showcase as part of
the program’s longstanding partnership with W Hotels.

“I’m very honored to be a part of this conversation with Diane, a strong
and inspiring female designer who has an incredible ability to inspire
young professionals, including myself, to pursue their dreams,” said Mary
. “It is important that we keep striving to inspire one
another to do better – young people today are the leaders of tomorrow
and we have the responsibility of guiding each other.”

Each WHAT SHE SAID event will include a moderated discussion followed by
a Q&A session with the audience. Guests will then be invited to mix and
mingle as they network, in true W style, over cocktails and incredible
music. For those who cannot attend, each WHAT SHE SAID discussion will
be recorded and available via podcast on Whotels.com/TheAngle for
motivation while on the move. W will continuously announce new WHAT SHE
SAID talks throughout the year.

Join us in person, listen along via podcast, or join the digital
conversation with @WHotels and #WHATSHESAID. Be sure to check
WHotels.com/TheAngle for scheduling updates.

About W Hotels Worldwide

W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry
innovator with 46 hotels, including 18 W-branded residences, in the most
vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring,
iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in
insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and
passions around fashion, music and entertainment. With over 15 years of
proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020. W
Hotels have been announced for Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Goa, Abu Dhabi,
Phuket, Dubai, Amman, Jakarta, Panama, Riviera Maya, Muscat, Hainan
Island, Suzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Shenyang,
Marrakech, Brisbane, Aspen and Madrid. For more information, visit whotels.com/theangle
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