Long before they stepped into their leadership roles, these black hospitality professionals were on the line and in the weeds. The lessons learned and perspectives gained throughout their careers still resonate today. Here is a roundup of impactful quotes from leaders who were previously featured in our Inspirational Career Timeline section.



"The biggest lesson that I have learned in my career is not to be afraid to ask for what you want. That raise, promotion, or possible opportunity is closer than you think. The sooner you ask, the sooner you will find out.” 

Rose Noel, Executive Chef of Maialino Mare in Washington, DC

"Never pause the momentum. Momentum has its name for a reason and it mustn’t be denied. Your momentum will propel you to incomparable heights.”

DLynn Proctor, Director of Fantesca Estate & Winery in Napa, CA

"Try to remember, it's never about what others think of you, it is what you think of yourself that matters most.”

Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pastry Chef / Partner of Emmer & Rye, Henbit, TLV, Hestia and Kalimotxo in Austin, TX

"I ask for advice from mentors and I read a lot. I am open to allowing others to know my struggles and always open to learning from real-life experiences.“

Jasmine Crowe, Founder and Owner of Goodr in Atlanta, GA

"Excellent communication with and trusting in the team is essential to being able to properly separate work duties and maintain a healthy work/life balance.”

Alexander Harris, Culinary Director of Emma’s Torch in Brooklyn, NY

"The best advice I've received was: 'help someone else along the way'. As a woman of color, it’s important to me to help those just starting in their career. This industry is hard, and it's important to be able to see yourself and your career goals in someone. I hope that I can be a resource for women of color navigating this industry.”

Rhadia Hursey, Chef & Content Creator for ChefRhadia.com in New York, NY

"Everyone in the company deserves respect, regardless of position or title. Responsibilities are different, not less/more important."

Gary Obligacion, General Manager of Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA

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