Hilton Spotlights General Managers for Women’s History Month

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Hilton is celebrating women general managers across the globe in honor of Women’s History Month.

“Whether they’re focusing on inclusivity, creating a sense of teamwork, advocating for physical and mental wellbeing or serving as a source of positivity during trying times, these leaders are making a huge impact on the teams, hotels and communities they support,” the company wrote. “Some are even setting a new standard for what’s possible for women in leadership roles in their countries — and in their own families.”

Hilton has put a spotlight on the following general managers and the work they have done:

  • Katie Ward, Minnesota, U.S.: Ward is passionate about partnering with Project Search, a program for young adults with learning disabilities that offers internship opportunities at the hotel.
  • Sharilyn Toko-Alfonso, Puerto Rico, U.S.: Toko-Alfonso’s dedication to developing a strong kinship among her team has fostered inclusivity and an opportunity to give back to their community through charity efforts
  • Laura Castagnini, Brazil: Castagnini believes that being personal, present and prepared is key to making others feel seen and welcome.
  • Nicola Underhill, United Kingdom: Underhill believes that the key to being a great leader starts with being true to your “authentic self” and allowing others to do the same.
  • Stella Zinn, Austria: Zinn completed Hilton’s Elevator Management Program after she graduated college and manages Hilton Vienna Plaza at the age of 29.
  • Maram Kokandi, Saudi Arabia: As the manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Makkah, Kokandi is Hilton’s first woman Saudi hotel manager.
  • Christina Yang, Chengdu, China: Yang believes the key to success is building a vibrant team that starts at the top.

Read more at stories.hilton.com.


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