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Applejack celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 in Sydney

Applejack celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 in Sydney

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

It’s no secret the world of hospitality is a male-dominated industry. In 2015 the Bureau of Statistics released that females made up 55% of the hospitality industry workforce in Australia, however, only a small percentage of those females are in leadership positions. Although there is evidence to believe the number of females in management roles is rising, we still have a long way to go to have an equal workplace. Applejack continues to strive for equality, supporting all genders at all staffing levels, and boasts a balanced percentage of female leadership roles within the business.

On the morning of Friday 8thMarch, 2019, Applejack founders Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts hosted a surprise breakfast for their female leaders at Bopp & Tone, Wynyard, to recognise and thank them for their continued support and hard work, as well as highlighting the importance of equality as a core company value.

Guests included female leaders from front & back of house teams at The Butler Potts Point, Della Hyde, Bopp & ToneJune’sEndeavour Tap RoomsSoCal and The Botanist, who were originally invited to an internal “workshop” and turned up on the morning expecting a company meeting. Instead, Ben and Hamish welcomed them onto the beautiful Bopp & Tone terrace where fruit platters and pastries were displayed, along with fresh florals from The Ivy League andCali Press Probiotic Tonics, and told that the morning was a thank you to them – a morning to empower the women of Applejack.

Guest speaker Theodora from FLO Wellbeing; a mindfulness facilitator, yoga teacher and ex-athlete; took the group through a range of everyday mindful movement techniques, explaining the importance & benefits of mindfulness to cultivate happiness, productivity and connection. During peak hour in the heart of Sydney CBD, Applejack leaders took 5 minutes to meditate and be present in the moment.

Applejack Group Executive Chef, Jason Roberson, prepared a lavish spread to follow the inspiring talk, with an array of breakfast items including smoked salmon, eggs, roast potatoes, crispy bacon, fresh avocado plus more. Each guest was gifted a pamper package including Gourmet Traveller magazines, Antipodes natural lip sticks, SOFI Spritz cans, Peter Roth Cosmetics, Essano hair products, Bondi Wash lotions, RUOK? Hospitality postcards, DU’IT tough hand cream and Dr Paw Paw lip balm.

The morning aimed to motivate, empower and inspire the amazing females who are part of the Applejack family, further creating a positive and supportive company culture!