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International Women’s Day 2022

This month, we’re shining a light on the incredible women who work across our restaurants. From hostesses, front of house, management, hr and back of house, we are supporting this year’s campaign, #BreakTheBias, celebrating women’s achievements, fighting stereotypes and discrimination by creating equal opportunities for all.

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias across our industry.

This month, we’ll be celebrating the wonderful women who form a massive part of our team here at Blacklock. We’ll be sharing a series of interviews, kicking off with our Director of People, Odette Schwartz, who tells us why she loves working in hospitality and imparts valuable advice to women looking to start a career in our industry.

What inspired you to work in hospitality?

I fell into the industry when I arrived in London fresh off the boat from South Africa. I’ve never looked back and absolutely love hospitality!

What are your favourite aspects of working in the industry?

The diversity of people from all walks of life and learning from others…..oh, and of course the food.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s a great day of reflection. Celebrating woman and all the incredible parents, leaders, friends and partners who have helped us along the way.

Who inspires you?

Many people inspire me but ultimately, my Mother inspired me, demonstrating on a daily basis that you could do it all, have a family, run your own consultancy whilst keeping the household safe, happy and a lot of fun.

Why do we need more women in leadership roles across our industry? (this only for management roles)?

As an industry we are still somewhat under represented in leadership roles despite individuals capability or potential.   The more we create environments and opportunity that are more gender friendly and represented, the quicker we will break down the barriers.

Tell us in one world what you are passionate about


Do you have any advice for women joining the industry?

Stay true to yourself and don’t sweat the small stuff!