The Venue Brahman Sahayak Sangh Hall, Dadar was bursting at the seams on Sunday, 12th April at 5 pm. It was an encouraging sight to see over 300 Hospitality aspirants accompanied by their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of the speakers of the evening – Ms. Lebana Penkar – Chief People Office, Foodhall, Future Group and Mr. Visheshwar Raj Singh, General Manager – Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex. The event was organised by ITM – Institute of Hotel Management to acquaint the students who had recently concluded their HSC exams, about the world of Hospitality. The initiative taken by ITM was greatly appreciated by the parents and their wards as this would help them make an informed decision when making a choice of their future path towards a fulfilling career.
The first speaker, Mr. Visheshwar Raj Singh, who has the distinction of being one of the Oberoi Group’s youngest GM’s after a brilliant academic career, kept the audience spell-bound for about 2 hours with his brilliant delivery and power point presentation. There was plenty of food for thought and room for many questions. Mr. Singh spoke from the heart and impressed one and all about the facts and myths that surround the world of Hospitality. He gave a deeper insight into the life of a budding Hospitality professional, at work. He spoke about the qualities that one should possess or at least learn to be happy at work.
Mr. Singh’s mesmerizing presentation was followed by an equally riveting speech by Ms. Lebana Penkar. She inspired one and all her her charismatic personality and impressive delivery. Ms. Penkar’s varied experience and ten years spent in some of the world famous Hotel chains, bought richness to her speech. She spoke about the importance of doing a Hospitality degree and how it can open a world of opportunities to the graduating Hospitality students. Today, a Hospitality or Culinary Arts graduate could find careers or opportunities in the wider Service sector – be it Retail, Cruise Liners, Aviation, Railways, Malls, Facilities Management, Hospitals etc – in addition to Hotels, stand alone Restaurants or becoming Entrepreneurs.
Ms. Penkar too reiterated many of the pre requisites that are needed if one was opting for this field. The students and their parents then had all their doubts cleared as they had a chance to interact with the Chief Guests and Faculty of ITM – IHM. The evening ended with the sumptuous High Tea. The feedback was very positive and the session enlightening. An evening very well spent – commented one of the parents.