Hotelier Middle East has just published its Women in hospitality: Power 25 list , which pays homage to the women at the top of their careers working in the hospitality industry in the Middle East region. We are very proud to see our own Stephanie Aboujaoude, Area Senior Marketing Communications Director ranked at number 8, in an illustrious list of females leaders from the hospitality industry.
While the number of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hospitality sector is set to increase there is still some work to do until gender diversity is fully recognized as an important element in the operations of any successful organization. However, as a brand champion for Radisson Hotel Group’s Balanced Leadership program since its launch in 2014, Stephanie has always been a strong advocate for the program and has been a keynote speaker at several industry events promoting its vision of gender equality at the workplace.
Lebanese born Stephanie has over fifteen years’ experience in the hospitality industry and first joined Radisson Hotel Group in 2006 during the Group’s takeover of the former Intercontinental Hotel Dubai, now known as Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. In that time she has progressed to her current role as Area Senior Director Marketing Communications for the Middle East and Africa with oversight of the marketing activity of 85 operational hotels across 27 countries, with multiple brands and across a very culturally diverse landscape. There are also close to another 100 hotels across the area in the pipeline to open within the next 4-5 years!
A very humble yet immensely proud Stephanie said: “No good leader ever accomplishes anything on their own. I am very fortunate to have a strong and dedicated team around me and everything that we achieve is a shared success and translates into a daily accolade of achievements. Women need to challenge the status quo and make sure they are visible and their voice is heard. We need to go after what we want and not the other way around. And remind yourself that confidence is a feeling, not a personality characteristic. No one can judge you better than yourself so taking a moment to reflect and recognize your achievements is always a good thing.” Congratulations again to Stephanie!