JOALI Inspires a New Generation of Female Leaders

From top left: Mauvy Mahir, Pranathi Bollapragada, Melany Martinez Thomas / From bottom left: Julia Soria, Olivia Forster
PUBLISHED March 10, 2022 | updated March 10, 2022 01:49

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, JOALI BEING conducted a series of virtual educational sessions with MAPS College Maldives and Maldives National University. Students from these higher education institutions, representing a number of academic fields, joined the event. 

Led by in-house experts, the virtual sessions aimed to inspire a new generation of female leaders in hospitality by showcasing the range of opportunities that are available to them. JOALI BEING’s very own female achievers gave the young women real-world insights into a variety of departments – from culinary and wellbeing, to butler service and environmental conservation.  

“Women’s emancipation in one of the core values of JOALI, and we support this brand mission through several initiatives in the Maldives”, notes General Manager of JOALI BEING, Özgür Gengīz. “Being a luxury hospitality brand, this particular event was especially close to our hearts. These young women are a vital part of the future of our industry. Hopefully, some of them will even become leaders at our own very wellbeing retreat.  

At the conclusion of the session, the audience received a wonderful surprise. Melany Martinez Thomas, Director of Wellbeing at JOALI BEING, announced that in 2022 the resort will offer five internships across three divisions – wellbeing, F&B and rooms, as well as a chance to gain work experience with the Olive Ridely Project. 

These prestigious work opportunities promise to be an incredible learning journey. Guided by experienced JOALI team members, the chosen interns will pick up skills that are sure to prove invaluable for a career in hospitality. While the six-month internships are open to all, female candidates will be prioritized.  

“Along with education, getting the right exposure or opportunity at the right time can also be life-changing,” say Melany. “We are committed to helping empower women in the Maldives by hiring local women at all levels and contributing to NGOs that work towards women-centric causes.” 

JOALI currently supports female emancipation in a variety of ways. At the community level, the brand works with Maldivian organizations to aid the training of girls in local schools. It has also implemented a policy to on-board more local women as team members. Last but certainly not least, the team has structured its internal processes in a manner that encourages female employees to grow and flourish. 

The virtual panel for International Women’s Day featured an impressive line-up of speakers. The audiences received knowledge and guidance from a number of female team members at JOALI BEING – from the Director of Wellbeing to a budding local butler: 

Introduction to JAOLI BEING by Melany Martinez Thomas, Director of Wellbeing 

Wellbeing Culinary Experience with Julia Soria, Executive Pastry Chef 

Introduction to Nutrition by Pranathi Bollapragada, Resident Nutritionist  

Introduction to the Olive Ridley Project with Olivia Forster, Sea Turtle Biologist 

Jadugar Butler Service with Mauvy Mahir, budding local butler 


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