The Entrepreneurship of Everything
Recently, I had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the annual Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City, a multi-generational gathering of influencers, all with the common goal of making the world a better place through an entrepreneurial mindset, spirit and approach.
I was thrilled to see the list of inspirational women that spoke at the summit who discussed redefining power and embracing the ever-changing, dynamic 21st century workforce – Diane Von Furstenberg, Robin Roberts and Padmasree Warrior from Cisco Systems, among others. The crowd was full of authors, actresses, engineers, scientists, technology experts and more, creating an audience full of people from diverse industries and roles.
Hyatt was a proud sponsor of the Forbes Women’s Summit this year, showcasing our commitment to the value, worth and full potential of women. There are several hosted dinners that take place as a part of the two-day event, and I was lucky to host one of them on behalf of Hyatt at Andaz 5th Avenue. Caroline Howard, senior editor for Forbes, served as our moderator for the 40 attendees all eager to learn and engage with us. I was particularly thrilled to have Lila Ibrahim as our featured guest – she runs the digital and greentech portfolios for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and is also the founder of Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations to offer free online courses.
During dinner, Lila and I participated in a Q&A where we talked about the topics most important to today’s workforce. We discussed how to recruit and maintain top talent, best practices for successful enterprises, how to create a culture of engaged and committed employees, and how to listen to the changing needs and wants of today’s workforce. Both Lila and I work in the technology industry, a field where women are significantly underrepresented and sometimes even feel pushed away (check out this great article from the New York Times that talks about the “bro-culture” in the tech field). This “bro-culture” has the ability to turn the best female talent away, so it is and will continue to be a priority for me to bring diversity to Hyatt’s technology team and to continually focus on attracting the right talent.
As we listened to input from all the dinner attendees, I was motivated by the fact that almost everyone in the room defined entrepreneurial success not through gender, but through many of the attributes that define Hyatt’s leadership profile – caring, serving, learning, adapting and achieving. It gives me great hope that as we evolve, our leaders here at Hyatt will enable us to lead in a purpose-driven way that keeps our guests and colleagues at the core of everything we do.
I left the dinner feeling even more inspired about the work we’re doing here at Hyatt, and I am excited about the bright future that is ahead.
I would love to hear from our Keyed Into Hyatt readers regarding your thoughts on business and leadership. How do you create an engaged culture in your place of employment? What is most important to you when working for a company? How do you embrace and live the “entrepreneurial spirit?”