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Check out the podcast: 'Inspiring Women in Hospitality'
Where I share stories from women all across the industry, all around the world at various stages of their careers. I believe that each and everyone has the capacity to be inspiring, we just have to believe it. The podcast gives a platform for our stories to be heard and build a bank of role models for the industry.
Check out the YouTube Channel: 'In conversation with...'
In this series I invite men from the industry and peopel from outside of the industry into the conversation. We want to learn from one another. Together we can work towards achieving gender balance.
I am Naureen Ahmed, hospitality professional, community builder, storyteller and founder of ‘Inspiring Women in Hospitality’ - and this is my story.
By the time I was 10 I had already lived in four different countries, so going into hospitality was a very easy decisions for me. When I arrived at EHL, Hospitality Business School in Lausanne for my undergraduate programme, I had found my people. Everyone had a weird story like I did :)
I said 'yes' to the first job that was offered to me and I moved to London. I worked at the Landmark London Hotel for a just under four years in operations. Then I joined STR, where I grew my career over the next 12 years. I had various roles during this time - analyst, researcher, product development, marketing, head of departments, etc. I had the opportunity to learn the hospitality industry from a macro and global level. When I started STR, it was an unknown company in the industry and I am proud to have brought it to the brand it is recognised as today. I also developed my own leadership style and built a multicultural inclusive team culture.
Throughout my 16 year career in hospitality I have meet amazing women in our industry. Yet I felt we did not have enough visibility for our voices to be heard. So I created the 'Inspiring Women in Hospitality' podcast to share the stories and inspire both women and men in our industry. They inspire me to do more to champion women in our industry.
Women have so much to offer and the research shows that a diverse team makes for a better and profitable workforce. I am on a mission to grow a global community of women in hospitality to create stronger bonds and build a pipeline of future female leaders for our industry.
5 words to describe me: Empathetic, Calm, Inquisitive, Multicultural, Developer
My values: Respect, Joy, Curiosity, Diversity, Freedom
My purpose: To shine the light on women in hospitality.
Who inspires me: YOU
How would you like to get involved in the community? What questions do you have for Naureen?