Surfside’s Female Leaders Celebrated for International Women’s Day
Surfside Salutes Female Leaders in the Community
In support of International Women’s Day, nationally recognized on March 8, Surfside is acknowledging female leaders in the community who are making a social and economic impact in town and in the greater South Florida region.
Surfside is home to numerous women-owned businesses and female executives who serve as leaders in the community in a diverse range of fields, from real estate to retail, travel to tourism, and everything in between.
A leader in her own right, the Town of Surfside‘s Tourism Director, Lindsay Fast, gathered four of Surfside’s leaders for this week’s spotlight, “To celebrate the diverse spirit of a woman on International Women’s Day, it is an honor to present the stories of several brilliant and powerful women in our community who serve as an inspiration to many others.”
Read on to learn more about four female leaders in the Surfside community who are making their mark;
Bera KalhanCEO, Her Royal Household
Entrepreneurial maven, Bera Kalhan has devoted 15 years of her life to establishing profitable businesses both in the U.K. and in the U.S. Today, Kalhan serves as the CEO of Her Royal Household (HRH) where she curates a stunning collection of luxury homewares, interior design pieces, iconic artwork and one-of-a-kind gifts, including limited, authenticated pieces commissioned by the Buckingham Palace. When not busy curating luxury home décor, she’s busy planning the next British afternoon tea party for customers at her store.
Emily SafranOwner, LAHH Salon
Beauty guru Emily Safran is the owner of the full-service LAHH Salon, where she provides her clientele with a New York boutique salon feel in the heart of Surfside. Having grown up visiting salons with her mother and grandmother, Safran always had a passion and love for hair, and knew this was the field she wanted to go into. After working as a stylist in some of the best salons in Manhattan, such as Oscar Blandi and John Barrett, she decided to move to Miami to pursue a career with Luxury Brand Partners where she learned the business side of the industry. Today, her salon specializes in providing haircuts, color services, keratin treatments, as well as hair and lash extensions, among others.
Odile N'GuessanOwner and Head Pastry Chef, Gourmet Temptations Paris
Odile N'Guessan, an Ivory Coast native who grew up and trained in Paris, is the owner and head chef at Surfside’s Gourmet Temptations Paris. N’Guessan established Gourmet Temptations to fulfill her longtime desire to offer authentic, artisan pastries in South Florida using ingredients imported directly from France. Gourmet Temptations is a mix between a boutique and a bakery, where customers can enjoy her edible works of art, including but not limited to domes, macarons, eclairs and cupcakes. Today, besides baking sugary delights for customers, N’Guessan offers classes to those wishing to learn the authentic art of French patisserie.
Sandra OlivaDirector of Marketing, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
A veteran in the hospitality marketing industry, Sandra Oliva is a powerhouse at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, where she is responsible for curating strategic brand partnerships, while continuing to cement the property as one of the best hotels globally. Prior to joining the Surfside-based hotel, she served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel on the French Riviera, where she was instrumental in making the property one of the most iconic destinations in the world.
The History of International Women’s Day
Celebrated yearly on March 8th, International Women's Day is a focal point in the movement for women's rights that dates back to 1917.
The first Women’s Day to be recognized and celebrated occurred on February 28, 1909 in New York. Later in 1917, after women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia, March 8 became a national holiday. The day of celebration was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.
Since 2012, International Women’s Day has announced a theme for the year, including “Equality for Women is Progress for All”, "Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!" and the 2017 theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". The day is an official holiday in over 22 countries including Nepal, Russia, and Cuba.
For many, the day is observed by giving women – friends, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. – flowers and small gifts or in some countries, Women’s Day is similar to Mother’s Day, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
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