Celebrating International Women’s Day
Meet Trigon Hotels’ Group Corporate & MICE Sales Manager, Kylie Basnett
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day also aims to #BreakTheBias and work to improve gender relations and promote gender equality. The theme International Women’s Day 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” A key mission this year is to advance gender equality in the time of the climate crisis through women’s leadership. The hashtag #BreakTheBias is a focal point for this year’s campaign to raise awareness and rally for gender equality.
We spoke with Kylie Basnett, Trigon Hotels’ Group Corporate & MICE Sales Manager, in the lead up to International Women’s Day to gain an insight into life at Trigon Hotels.
WHAT HAS YOUR JOURNEY AS A LEADER BEEN LIKE AT TRIGON HOTELS?
I have been working for Trigon Hotels for the last 15 years. I started working at Cork International Hotel originally as a Sales Executive, and now I am Group Corporate Sales and MICE Manager at Trigon hotels.
Over the years, it was hugely important to me see a 50/50 gender workforce and management spilt. Seeing other women in leadership roles inspires you to put yourself forward for positions.
The support that Trigon Hotels offers to working mums was a vital factor in my development and career progression. Very often women are overlooked in the workplace because of their childcare responsibilities. Instead I was supported and encouraged. Management worked with me to agree on a fair and flexible schedule that allowed me to work and be mother at the same time. Without this, I couldn’t see myself where I am today.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS?
To always try new experiences! my degree was in Equine studies and I came to Ireland to work with an agri-feed manufacturer in their sales department. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with hotels and used my transferable skills to jump to the hospitality industry and climb the ladder. I would advice others to not pigeon yourself in to one career. evaluate your skillsets and use these to follow your passion.
AS A MANAGER AND SOMEONE PEOPLE LOOK UP TO, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Having worked in the equine industry, a typically male dominated industry, my advice to myself would be to always fix another woman’s crown, without telling the world it was crooked. It’s important to me to always support other women in their career journeys. I also think it’s important for my daughter to see me as a working mum as I hope this impacts the way women perceive working mothers in the future.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE CULTURE HAS CHANGED AT TRIGON TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLBEING?
Through Covid, we had to pivot as an organisation and I began to work largely from home. Overall, despite the challenges, I found this working for me. Trigon Hotels has been very supportive, and my managers worked with me to develop a flexible schedule that included working from home and office days. I feel that I get the best of both worlds and that my productivity has improved. Also through the past year, we worked with our Charity Partner Cope Foundation on a new sensory garden. I really enjoyed getting outdoors, working on planting and potting, learning a few green skills and meeting new people. You would be surprised the impact a bit of fresh air has on your working week and it’s amazing that this is all supported as part of our working day at Trigon.