International Women’s Day at the Hilton

May 8th, observed as International Women’s Day is inspired in 2022 by the ‘break the bias,’ hashtag, and the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino will be commemorating the day highlighting different aspects of Women’s journey towards inclusion and equality.

The Sunset Grille will be featuring two wines created by female winemakers.

A ‘Toast for Women’ includes Chandon Brut, by Winemaker Pauline Lhote of Chandon California, a leader at the winery, responsible for every part of the winemaking process from grape to glass. A native of the Champagne region of France, she had aspired to become a sparkling wine maker since childhood. Her dream came true two years ago when finally promoted.

The second featured wine is Wente Cabernet Sauvignon by Winemaker Carolyn Wente third generation at Wente Vineyards and one of the driving forces behind the expansion and growth of Wente Family Estates’ portfolio of wines.

The resort will also be honoring Naphtali Croes, Director of Engineering, who served as Assistant Director for 2 years, before assuming the reins of the department. She is a highly-qualified woman, having graduated as an industrial engineer, and worked on several technical projects, she now oversees electricians, carpenters, painters, a crew of 27, in charge of gardens, pools, rooms, and public places, even the bird interaction garden, demonstrating excellent leadership and organizational skills,

As a special surprise, on Monday, all patrons at the Sunset Grille were served a delicious complimentary Amuse-Bouche, created by two talented young women, Antonia and Blanca, who have graduated their Apprenticeship Program, in the resort kitchen, under the lead of Executive Chef Olivier.

As the highlight of the day, all resort female employees were invited in the afternoon to the Laguna Lounge for a toast, celebrating women’s achievements.

Aruba prides itself on female leadership, having a prime minister, the minister of finance, the chief police inspector, the head of the central bank, the CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority, the president and CEO of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, all female.

The Hilton is blessed with over 50% of its work force female, almost 200 Arubans in different departments as hospitality front-runners, including supervisors, managers, department heads and one member of the executive committee, all enjoying equal pay and equal benefits to their male counterparts, while they maintain their own identity they rise to all challenges, devoting resources and time to their family members, friends, and their communities, at home and at work.



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March 21, 2022
Rona Coster