Sheraton Colombo Hotel celebrates International Women’s Day with empowering insights.

Sheraton Colombo Hotel, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary brands, marked International Women’s Day with a powerful event themed ‘Women at the Workplace,’ bringing together influential women leaders to inspire and empower attendees.

Sheraton Colombo’s International Women’s Day celebration reaffirmed the hotel’s commitment to promoting gender equality, empowerment, and creating an inclusive environment that nurtures and uplifts women professionals.

The celebration featured keynote speeches’ from Amanthi Perera, Head of Social Sustainability at MAS Holdings, Sharnila Henry, Partner at Deloitte Sri Lanka, and Roshanie Jayasundera Moraes, CEO of Link Natural Products Pvt Ltd. They shared their inspiring journeys and invaluable insights.

The event also provided a platform for women to connect, share experiences, and gain valuable insights from trailblazers who have excelled in their respective fields. The speakers’ stories of perseverance, dedication, and unwavering determination served as a powerful reminder of the incredible potential women possess.

Female associates of Sheraton Colombo Hotel had the opportunity to participate in interactive activities, attend a women’s health session, and capture cherished moments during a photoshoot session. The celebration also incorporated uplifting elements, such as a dance warm-up and high tea, fostering an atmosphere of camaraderie and joy.

Amanthi Perera, a sustainability champion, shared her journey advocating for environmental and social issues while navigating the challenges women face in balancing multiple roles. She encouraged women to celebrate their achievements, seek help when needed, and embrace small steps that drive meaningful change.

Addressing the participants, she said “My passion was for the environment and sustainability. My journey has been one of continuous growth as a woman wearing multiple hats. When doors closed, I found new opportunities. Moving away from home for my studies taught me independence and perseverance. While striving for dreams, ask graciously, accept rejections, and let go. Small changes make a big difference, so speak up about achievements with pride. Give selflessly, seek help, and find your unique life-work balance. Most importantly, choose a fulfilling career path.”

Sharnila Henry, a leader in the auditing and accounting field, emphasized the importance of financial independence and mindful decision-making. She inspired attendees with lessons learned from her parents on being a ‘people’s leader’ and maintaining a healthy work-life balance through trust and commitment.

Recalling her journey she said, “Workplace challenges taught me to embrace multitasking and manage change positively as a learning opportunity. I am grateful to my parents for instilling the values of being a ‘people’s leader’, loving yet firm – lessons I pass to my own children. Financial independence brings security, so strive for it before long-term commitments. Be mindful in decisions, considering others’ perspectives. Do not stress over perfection; focus on doing your best work. Prioritize quality family time, be there for milestones. Gain your employer’s trust through commitment to maintain work-life balance. Set your heart on goals, taking small steps with perseverance to achieve them.”

Roshanie Jayasundera Moraes, a seasoned corporate leader, celebrated the strength of womanhood and the resilience to handle difficult situations. She highlighted the power of building relationships, continual learning, and the importance of saving and investing for financial stability and independence.

She advised, “Career paths can move laterally or even downwards before moving up again, therefore embrace the journey. As women, we are blessed with inner strength to handle difficulties. Prioritize saving and investing to secure financial stability. Build relationships through hard work; others will support your growth. Prove your worth by outworking everyone. Continuous learning elevates your ascent up the ladder. Let your skill and performance speak for you”

Sheraton Colombo Hotel’s International Women’s Day celebration served as a powerful catalyst. Through inspiring stories shared by distinguished speakers, the participants were inspired with a collective determination to break barriers and uplift one another on the journey towards empowerment and equality.

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