Women in the Hotel industry
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Eve Paré, Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, shared with us her vision, her opinion about the contribution and the representation of women.
Before working in the hospitality industry, you were an economist by training and worked in several other industries. How and why did you choose the hotel industry and its representation in 2013?
As a woman, have you ever encountered obstacles or difficulties in your professional career?
What are the strengths of women in the hospitality industry in your opinion?
Who are the women in the industry whom you would like to highlight and emphasize their contribution?
How do you think the representation of women in certain key economic sectors could be improved and further promoted?
« Over the years, I have noticed on several occasions that women adopt a style of leadership that is caring, inclusive, understanding, humane but at the same time demanding. Five important features in the hotel industry. Given the challenge of achieving a work-life balance, I would say that women push teams to take more responsibility quickly. You have to be well surrounded and have a strong team at work and at home. One wish for the future is to see more young women choosing leadership positions in the hotel industry because to try it is to adopt it ! » – Chantal Riopel
« It is essential to lead by example and demonstrate the success of women in various roles within an organization. Fortunately, times are changing and although we are not yet at parity, several talented women are currently making their way into the senior management teams in the Montreal hotel industry.
At W Montreal, over 60% of our management team is made up of women. We recognize talent and good management. We do not distinguish excellence by gender, although we do realize that diversity of ideas and approaches is vital for a successful workplace. By having both women and men in leadership, we receive a valuable mix of perspective in the areas of collaboration, communication and management style, which helps us overcome obstacles and take well-balanced decisions. » – Christina Poon
« When it comes to female leadership, especially in business, women in leadership positions were rather rare if we look back 20 years ago.
At Germain Hotels, we have always made it a point of honor to favor women aspiring to managerial roles, and this from the beginning, by offering a business model where to co-presidency is shared between a brother and his sister. The example was a good example, since today at Germain Hotels, more than half of the management positions in our establishments and our service centers are held by women. It is this balancing exercice between several visions that makes the company successful.
We also offer in-house leadership training to support our managers in developing their potential, and having benefited from it myself, I know how much this type of training can help to develop skills as a leader, and can encourage women aspiring to management positions to gain self-confidence and to take their place.
We must therefore train, educate, support, give a chance to women, who often demonstrate a more inclusive, a more conscious and a more human leadership. As such, I am convinced that female leadership is a major asset in an industry like ours, for which people are at the heart of concerns. In short, ladies, trust yourself, we need you to keep this sense of the human that makes all the difference in the word hospitality » – Marie Pier Germain