“An exclusive International Women’s Day Interview with Meena Bhatia. She is Vice President at Le Meridien”
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am currently working as a vice president at Le Meridien, New Delhi. Launched hotel career with The Oberoi Grand Kolkata, 1982. Been a part of the opening team of Hyatt Regency New Delhi, responsible for various roles included Front Office manager, Global Sales and Leadership position in sales, 1983 to 1991.
Le Meridien has been a part of me since 1991 and I have nurtured it since its first entry to the Indian Market. My days at Le Meridien began with the Sales & Marketing, and after multiple positions today I proudly lead an energetic and enthusiastic team of more than 700 associate who together bring the brand to life.
I am also proudly known as a member of International Skal Club, Executive Committee member of Confederation of Indian Industries Tourism Council and as a member of Federation of Indian Chamber and commerce and Industries, Ladies Association.
What does International Woman’s Day mean to you?
I would not say it is significant because it is just one of the 365 days of the year, The celebration of Womanhood is all days, all hours and every minute. However it is an opportunity to share our strengths , experiences and values, a day dedicated to create awareness amongst all of us, across age groups, communities and societies, to understand our potential and accomplish our goals.
What does it mean to be a woman in the part of the world and society you live in?
Most wonderful, no moments of regret
Do you think there is equality in men and women in your workplace.
Absolutely, I think we need to take it upon ourselves to create that environment.
Do you think its important to have an International Women’s Day?
As long as the celebration continues throughout the year I would rather celebrate Womanhood than just a Day for Women
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Does Women’s day mean that we shout out loud to be equal to men?
No women who want equality with men are really setting very low goals. Being a woman is a privilege, and I all wish to say to all you women out there is, stay confident always as the most alluring thing a women can have is confidence. Enjoy life, enjoy being a women
Do you think a female hotelier would be any different than a male? Why and how?
No difference, it is just sad that very few of us join and stay to make a career in the industry. My Message to young women, our future industry leaders.
I may not have known then, but now I am more than sure, that this is what i was born for growing up at a time, when there were limited opportunities or career choices, One being that careers are not for girls; i did manage to find a place In a then somewhat unconventional industry.
I landed up pursuing what I was most drawn toward. While others thought that it may last a Few months before the fun wear out, here I am, and my aspiration lasted a lifetime. My love for the work I do grew by every passing day. What made this happen, one, that in our business we have no two days that our similar, each day has new and exciting challenges.
Two, also, because it is a business of sharing, bestowing happy moments and creating joyful experiences. So, No regrets, it has been a truly wonderful journey
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