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International Women’s Day celebrates strength & empathy

International Women’s Day celebrates strength & empathy

By Marisa Bidois, CEO of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

Celebrating Women’s Resilience and Innovation in the Hospitality Industry on International Women’s Day

The hospitality industry significantly benefits from the contributions of exceptional women who navigate through its challenges with resilience, creativity, and dedication. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, it’s important to reflect on the pivotal role women play in our sector, not just in delivering excellence but also in fostering connections that form the industry’s backbone.

Women in hospitality exemplify a blend of strength and empathy, managing both the visible and invisible aspects of their roles. They are at the forefront of creating memorable experiences, often undertaking a significant amount of unseen labour that goes into planning and executing perfect events.

This dedication highlights the need to celebrate and support the hard work of women in the hospitality industry, particularly on International Women’s Day.

I’m always impressed by the dedication of the women in our industry to their personal and professional development. This enables them to navigate a challenging industry with a leadership style marked by empathy and compassion.

On a personal level, it also contributes to self-fulfilment and improved well-being, as you gain confidence and satisfaction from achieving your goals and expanding your capabilities. In an ever-evolving world, commitment to growth ensures you remain adaptable and forward-thinking.

Navigating through each day often demands immense resilience and grace, and I am continually inspired by the creativity and passion that women infuse into our industry.

As International Women’s Day approaches, it’s a privilege to acknowledge the significant contributions of women who have been recognised for their inspiring work in the industry. I am personally touched by the honour of being acknowledged by Cuisine Magazine as one of the 50 most inspirational and influential women in food and drink. This recognition is not merely a testament to my own efforts but symbolizes the collective achievements of women dedicated to excellence in their fields.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and innovation of these remarkable individuals. Their journeys inspire us to foster a culture of support, empathy, and recognition, ensuring that the hospitality industry continues to thrive.

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