I started my career in hospitality with Benchmark in October of 2015, while pursing my Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and Organization Behavior from the University of North Texas. At the time, I was only looking for a job that would pay the bills, BUT I soon fell in love with the industry, and with Benchmark. It was at that point that I decided to work Full Time and pursue my Associate degree in Hospitality Management. Within my time at DU, I was a peer trainer for the Barn/Bistro team for about 2.5 years, before transferring to the Guest Services Team as a Guest Service Agent. After completing both of my degrees within 2 years, I became a mother to my first daughter, and took a leap with Benchmark by transferring to a new Benchmark Property, the Delta Marriott Dallas Allen. I got the chance to be part of the Grand Opening team for the Delta, as a Front Office Supervisor in December of 2018, and was quickly promoted to Assistant Front Office Manager and remained in this role until leaving the company in June of 2020 due to layoffs during the Covid pandemic. During 2020, I took some time off and even ventured to other jobs outside of hotels. I quickly found myself return to the industry in November of 2020, as I found a job with The Sinclair, Autograph Collection in Downtown Fort Worth as Front Office Supervisor. Within the year, I received a promotion to Executive Administrative Assistant. In this role, I grew my knowledge in HR and recruiting. By October of 2021, I was honored to be provided an offer to return to DU as the Recruiting Manager. It has been great being back ‘home’!
Someone who I’ve always admired most since growing up is my older sister. Since childhood, with a single mother raising us, I watched my sister take the role of caregiver and teacher to me, at a time when most are only concerned with the role of daughter and sibling. It wasn’t until I was in high school before realizing how blessed I was to have her, and her support. I continue to admire her as she has always shown me how to see the brighter side, even in not-so bright situations. Even when struggling as a new mom and college student, my sister always rose to the occasion and is now a great leader in the Marketing industry. The most inspiring words she has said to me is to “never forget your worth, always be your genuine self, and if you’re passionate about something, give it your best efforts and make the dream into a reality.”
For women starting in their career, my advice would be not to fear failure. Because as you learn from your failure, you will find success. Don’t let anyone, or anything, dim your light – as everyone deserves to shine bright.