It is not easy being a woman hotelier. Given the potholes, the inroads women have made in recent years in the male-dominated hospitality industry are all the more impressive. Women are a growing part of the work force.
According to an analysis of female employment by the International Labour Office (ILO), over 2 million women have joined the work force in hospitality industry in last 5 years. Women have emerged as all-rounders in terms of juggling their responsibilities and proving to be the prized possessions in terms of human resources in the hospitality Industry.
Sonika Chaturvedi, Director of Operations, Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru is one such women who has made a name for herself in this male-dominated industry.
Recently, Sonika Chaturvedi in an interview spoke to Suman Prasad on different aspects of her personal and professional life, why did she is chose to make a career in F&B industry, the initial challenges and other interesting details.
Excerpts from the interview.
On how she motivates herself at work
In the hospitality world, we rarely have a dull day. The energy, buzz and ever changing dynamics keeps me alert and charged up. Also, the possibility of new learnings keeps me motivated.
On keeping a balance between personal and professional life
Probably the toughest part of my role but I have my family to thank for this. I am blessed to have a good support system in my mother in law, husband and dad. They are my “gate keepers” to managing the balance between work and home. Last but absolutely not the least, my 3 year old son is my biggest stress buster.
On what made her decide to establish her career in F&B and the initial challenges
I started with F&B and then moved into sales. The constant change, demanding environment coupled with strategic decision making and an unparalleled energy in this discipline has kept me going over the last 15 years. Like most industries, the pressures of the job and long hours have been challenges which the company has allowed me to work around making it easier to cope with.
On skills which are important to be a good leader
Focused, Good Communicator, Personable and passionate. A good leader also empowers his or her people and leads by example.
On the biggest issue facing women her age today
Lack of equality and forums to support working women.
Tips for women who want to make a career in F&B industry
Firstly have a passion for Food and Beverage, be prepared for hard work as nothing comes easy. Follow your passion.