International Women's Day: Gail at Il Tempo

Hey Gail!

We think you have the greatest vibe in the world - calm, confident, great at your job and a real power woman. And not only that. You are fantastic at service and making your guests feel seen. How did you become who you are? Tell us about your background.
My background has strengthened me, I can say. I have been taking care of myself since I was 16 years old. I started working in this industry when I was very young and have worked in hotels, restaurants and on cruise ships. I have stayed in my workplaces for a long time. My last one was for 16 years and now I have been with the Brasserie group for 8 years. I interpret that as meaning that I need a sense of security somewhere and have formed it around my workplace and not in relationships.

Describe three of your qualities.
Loving, supportive and giving.

What is gender equality for you?
Women and men should have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This includes everything from the economy, education and work to ensuring that no one is subjected to gender or honor-related violence and oppression.

Name a woman you admire, dead or alive.
I always come back to Maya Angelou, who has written so many thought-provoking things. My favorite quote is probably: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

What values are important to you in life?
Truth, goodness and justice.

What are you most proud of achieving in life?
My daughter of course!

At work?
I see my workplace as my living room where I want all my guests to feel at home and seen - and I am very proud of that!

Tell us about an important life lesson you learned from a woman.
I had a special relationship with my mother, she was 18 when I was born and passed away when I was 16. But something she always said was "Believe in yourself and work hard if you want something!". This may sound a bit harsh, but it has taught me to work for what I want.

If you were a female cartoon character, who would you be?
I asked my brother and he said: "You are Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. She works hard, fights for her family and wants to achieve her dreams". That's a nice thing to say.

If you were not working in the pub, what would you be doing?
I would like to work with children in vulnerable areas and situations.

What three pieces of life advice would you give your daughter and other young women?
Dare to dream and believe in yourself.
Education is freedom.
Nothing comes free - if you want something you have to work for it.
Be yourself, you are good just as you are!

I think it was 4!

Thanks Gail - we love you!

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