Conrad Champions Women in Hospitality

Conrad Dublin marked International Women’s Day with a panel discussion entitled “Embracing Equity - Women in Hospitality & Leadership”, moderated by Sunday Times journalist Jo Linehan.

Attendees heard from women in the hospitality, philanthropy, and food and beverage sectors who shared insights of the challenges and successes in their respective careers. Anna Haugh, owner and chef of Myrtle Restaurant and executive chef of “Anna Haugh at Conrad Dublin”, spoke of her growth as a woman in the culinary industry. Viki Baird, managing director at Stillgarden Distillery, shared her experience owning one of Ireland’s most innovative distilleries. Annette Sweeney, senior lecturer of Culinary Arts at TU Dublin, gave insight into the world of culinary arts. Head of Employment at Down Syndrome Ireland Aoife Gaffney emphasised the importance of workplace equity and overcoming barriers to employment.

Speaking at the event, Anna Haugh said: “In our business, it’s more important that we open up to diversity and give women different opportunities, women of all walks of life. I think it’s very important that we hire people and give them a chance to rise, and it's important that we take chances and gamble on people too.”

The free to attend event is set to be the first in what will become a series of networking events hosted in Conrad Dublin for women with flourishing careers in hospitality and leadership, highlighting the importance of networking and relationship building for the sector’s next generation.