The Inspiring Women


How can Hilton eradicate bias and barriers for female talents that hinder advancement to a managerial position, specifically within the Food&Beverage Departments?

Our idea:

The first solution in terms of recruitment, already implemented in France, and making it possible to increase equal opportunities for all is a more objective recruitment where the emphasis is no longer on the availability that tends to rule out female candidates. The company should ensure that wages are maintained during maternity leave; provide six days of absence for parents of sick children and pay a childcare premium of $7 per day.

With staggered working hours and weekends dedicated to work, catering professionals struggle to reconcile personal and professional life. The implementation of employee rotation systems, shift division and disconnection activity draws becomes an important asset in breaking these barriers. Hilton also needs to adjust its pregnancy and breastfeeding assignment plan to be more representative of reality. A policy to reduce the daily working hours for pregnant women and a non-medical absence permit is a good start.  

Hilton is expected to showcase female role models in management positions whether through advertising, webinars or cooking workshops with renowned female chefs. Similar models are needed so that women can better visualize themselves in male-dominated positions. It is time for concrete actions to be taken to encourage women to hold management positions in catering.

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asked questions

Who can participate?


Participants must be of legal age (18 or older) and either a student or under 26 years old. Participation is free of charge.

Do team members have to come from the same school?


Not necessarly. However, each member must be eligible to the competition by respecting the age limit and status.

Do I have to be studying or have studied at a hospitality school or program to take part?


No! All students, regardless of their school, or people under the age of 26 are welcome to take part in the competition.

Can I participate in multiple Challenges with my team?


Yes. You can apply to multiple projects if several appeal to you and you can't decide!

What is the language of the competition?


All documents (audio included) and communication are in English only.

When will I know if my team is selected among finalists?


Results will be shared with you by the latest on April 10th, 2024. Finalist groups will all compete in the final in Paris and receive diplomas. Once the finalists are announced, you can book your tickets to attend the Grand Finale on May 29th, 2024, in Paris in the InterContinental Paris Le Grand 5* hotel.

What happens if my team is selected as a finalist? 


Finalist teams will present their project in a 15-minute video meeting to the Challenger Jury, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

When will I know if my team won the Challenge?


Results will be announced live during the Young Talent Awards Big Finale ceremony in Paris on the 29 May, 2024.


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