Kicking off our ‘Meet The Team” Series in style and honour of International Women’s Day, we decided to interview Precious Sweta, Head of Sales and Marketing here at The Wesley Hotel. For those who may be slightly less familiar, International Women’s day is celebrated annually on March 8th. It’s a global celebration of the achievements of women from a wide range of sectors and most importantly it raises awareness about women’s equality. Many people may be surprised or even question if women’s equality is as much of an issue today as it has been historically, the answer to that question is simple, yes! International Women’s day is just as relevant today as it has always been.

There is still great work to be done to achieve gender parity, The World Economic Forum suggests that sadly, none of us will see gender parity in our lifetime, it’s estimated that it won’t be achieved for another century. One thing we do have the power to do today is to use our voices and platforms to champion the women in our lives, the achievements they make, and acknowledge the obstacles that they may face. We each must shine visibility on marginalised groups who would otherwise be forgotten, this is something that we take huge pride in doing here at The Wesley. People are at the heart of what we do and who we are as a social enterprise.

At The Wesley Hotel, we’re proud to have; talented, creative, and bold women like Precious Sweta on our team. In her own words Precious will explain; how she first entered the hospitality industry, what the day-to-day is like for a Sales and Marketing manager in the hospitality industry. This interview will also delve into something that many women in the workplace experience, overcoming obstacles and letting the work speak for itself! 


What is a day like as Head of Sales and Marketing at The Wesley Hotel?


From the moment I walk into the office, my day is a buzz as my role covers a vast spectrum of duties within the business, from the promotion of products and services right the way through to analysing data and setting strategy for how a company is going to grow. A creative mind and a business head are essential to succeed in the role, coupled with strong communication and leading and motivating a team. So, as you would imagine, every day is different, and it is the variety that I love and keeps me motivated!


How did you get into the hospitality industry?


Strange enough, my then Line Manager poached me from Emirates Airlines. So, when he succeeded, I joined the hospitality industry as a Receptionist/Guest Hospitality Assistant.


Did you always see yourself working in the hospitality industry? If not what had you originally planned to do?


No, I did not. I always wanted to be a Lawyer. 


Were there any obstacles you faced early on in your career, how did you overcome them?


Yes, there were obstacles, and I overcame them by letting my work speak for itself.


What do you most enjoy about your role?


Feeling a sense of accomplishment when my team & I are up against a deadline, and it turns out better than we could have imagined.


What’s the hardest part of your role and how do you manage this?


Regardless of where I am in the month or quarter, I want to overachieve. I should think I am still learning to manage this. There is always pressure when you have sales targets!


What’s been your biggest achievement so far in your career?


When I started as the Head of Sales & Marketing, the department was achieving £3million turnover, and by last year, we managed £7.8million!


What’s the toughest lesson you’ve had to learn working in the hospitality industry?


Sales for a long time, unfortunately, has been a male-dominated industry. I have learned that you have to be tenacious and assertive as a professional woman working in this sector.


What advice would you give to your younger self?


Do not worry about things you have no control over!


What advice would you give to young women wanting to get into hospitality?


To keep themselves open to different experiences and be on the lookout for various opportunities that present themselves. It is sometimes easy to get tunnel vision, and this could cause one to miss out on valuable experiences.


The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, what do you choose to challenge?


Diversity and inclusion at a C-Suite level in hospitality.


There are many nuggets to take away from our interview with Precious from “remaining tenacious and assertive” in a male-dominated industry to her vision of hoping to see more “diversity and inclusion” within the hospitality industry at a C-Suite level. We encourage businesses and communities to celebrate the achievements of women today and every day!