Career Tips From Leading Women

Women In Hospitality
“Take an hour a day to discover and focus on personal business goals and objectives. It’s critical to take this time to read and be inspired so you can come up with new ideas and new ways of approaching challenges to accomplish personal goals.” - Ms. Shannon Knapp, Interim-CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World

“Create strong, long standing and genuine relationships with colleagues, business partners and peers alike. These relationships are at the core of success.” - Ms. Ruth Jones, Leading Hotels Executive Committee Member & Commercial Director, The Ritz London (London, England)

“Always seek more knowledge, and pass on what you have learned to others so that you help them succeed. True success is not only accomplishing your goals, it is when you have contributed to others accomplishing their goals.” - Ms. Deborah Yager Fleming, Leading Hotels Executive Committee Member & CEO and Partner, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, U.S.A.)

“Make decisions strongly and firmly, always following your beliefs. In the long term they will be key for success. Additionally, make empathic and sympathetic connections with your colleagues and be wise enough to use them to understand all situations.” - Ms. Mariella Avino, Managing Director, Palazzo Avino (Ravello, Italy)

“Lead by heart. Take advantage of your femaleness. It is much easier to embrace your employees being a woman.” - Ms. Judith Fuchs-Eckhoff, General Manager, Hotel Louis C. Jacob (Hamburg, Germany)

“There are a lot of fashionable trends in the industry, and while it is good to come up with new ideas, it is dangerous to follow them too closely and stray from the things that work well. The only way to know what works well is to do your homework before fully committing to an idea.” - Ms. Rosana Faessler, President & Managing Director, Sonnenalp Hotel (Vail, Colorado, U.S.A.)

“Stay true to yourself and trust your gut. Also, a few years ago I received advice from a very dear friend and successful business women, which I deeply internalized: “Always create room to explore.” I believe this is critical because if our work plates are always full and our schedules never have room left, we will miss opportunities, either to learn, reflect, experience or to meet with people to create something new.” - Ms. Yasmin Cachemaille Grimm, General Manager, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway (Elmau, Germany)

“Be yourself and pursue your ambitions. Investigate the possibilities and go for it!” - Ms. Emmy J. Stoel, General Manager, Hotel Okura Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

“Always remember: To DARE! As a member of FCE (Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises - an international network of women based in France) we have a motto: ‘Alone, we are invisible. Together, we are invincible.’ It is time to get rid of the common belief that the greatest enemy of woman is woman.” - Ms. Séverine Maisonneuve, General Manager, Villa Maïa (Lyon, France)

“Take good care of yourself. I believe that success overflows from within. Only when you live a happy and well-balanced life can you be your best self in the workplace.” - Ms. Tipchaya Phongsathorn, CEO of Real Estate & Hotels at Premier Group of Companies, Raya Heritage (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

“Be yourself and don’t be intimidated by other professionals in this male dominated world of business.” - Ms. Bianca Richardson, General Manager, L'Horizon Resort & Spa (Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.)

“Always move forward. Anything in life is possible and no one can stop you. Success is a journey, not a destination! At the beginning of my career a colleague wisely told me, ‘Our profession is Art. Embrace your expertise and work until you no longer need to introduce yourself.’” - Ms. Christina Vogli, Director of Hotel Management, Hotel Brain – Katikies & Kirini Santorini (Greece)

“As a 27 year-old-woman, I would advise others not to think about themselves just as women. By doing so, they limit themselves and allow other people to believe their gender defines their professional skills.” - Ms. Lucie Weill, Deputy Director of Hotel Development, Lily of the Valley (La Croix Valmer, France)


About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels)
Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world. For more information visit:, Facebook at and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld
Return To Press Center

More News

View All