Beaches Turks and Caicos celebrates International Women’s Day

Beaches Turks and Caicos celebrates International Women’s Day


BTC Ladies Embrace Equity
BTC Ladies Embrace Equity

Embrace Equity was the theme for International Women’s Day 2023. With this in mind, the leadership core of the Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) resort embarked on a drive to encourage its team members, especially the women, to embrace equity for all. This mission seeks to help the world to recognise that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to each for an equal outcome.

General Manager James McAnally shared, “As a resort we recruit and promote based on merit and this has been clear with our leadership structure. We are currently empowering our women leaders with 70 per cent of our supervisors and close to 60 per cent of our managers being females. As leaders within this industry, the women who have been tasked with managing the workforce have provided unparalleled guidance to the almost 1,800 team members.”

BTC Director of Sales and Conventions Tanya Swann (left) and Human Resources Manager Owenta Coleby share the message ‘Embrace Equity’ for International Women’s Day 2023

While the team at Beaches Turks and Caicos celebrate training and growth, the influence of the women leaders has created a mentorship programme that has helped in moulding the lives of younger women leaders. Director of Sales, Groups and Conventions at the resort, Tanya Swann in sharing her vision for the programme added, “Every woman needs another woman to be the support and mentor at different times in their life. Having a strong friend will always give you a chance to know that there is someone who understands the challenges or success being experienced. Here at the resort, we have a bond where women leaders provide guidance for younger women in the industry and this has been working for us in helping to groom younger leaders within the resort, as empowered women, empower other women.”

Hotel Manager, Sharon Fagon noted, “Within this industry, women have broken the bias and have embraced equity in how we lead. While empowering my team members, I am firm and fair in dealing with everyone and this experience has allowed the team to value and appreciate my role as a leader. I continue to mentor and train other young leaders especially women to strive for the highest positions within the industry and know that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to doing.”

While agreeing that there is need for change within the workforce, Human Resources Manager Owenta Coleby added, “At  BTC we continue to effect change in our society and the workforce by empowering a strong team of women leaders within this industry through our mentorship programme.”

Audie Johnson, supervisor in the housekeeping department while admitting that being a strong woman leader is possible, it takes hard work to achieve what is needed to survive. “As women leaders, we have to be mindful of not getting too complacent in what we do in our work areas or our communities. We must be conscious of the fact that we are working as a team and there is no one person who can create major change without the support of those around us. Let us be patient as we grasp every learning opportunity and help to build others.

  • PublishedMarch 24, 2023

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