Michele Marsee is the director of sales at Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas. Previously, she was the director of sales and marketing at Springhill Suites by Marriott Las Vegas Convention Center, a senior sales manager for Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, and director of sales at Playlv Gaming Investments. Michele is a board director for the Las Vegas Hospitality Association, as well as a Women Leading Travel & Hospitality member! We asked her a series of questions so you can get to know her better.
- What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
“Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh. We’re working on new concepts for our hotel bar, and the history behind the spirts has been an interesting learning experience.
- What’s a tip you have for productively leading a remote or hybrid team?
WFH tip: Act as if you’re still going to the office! Keep your routine of getting up, getting ready, and prepare your day to work without distractions.
- What’s a mistake you made early on in your career?
Not keeping myself open to relocation earlier to take advantage of opportunities out there.
- What’s the toughest part of being in charge?
Keeping everyone’s work-life balanced. Especially post-COVID, when we’ve all been tasked to do so much more with so few team members. It’s super important now more than ever.
- What’s the best way you motivate team members?
It’s the little things — lunches, field trips in the market, helping with the paperwork, holiday treats, celebration cocktails, etc. We have to redefine success now and celebrate every win no matter how small in comparison to the past.
- What woman inspires you right now and why?
Honestly not one specific woman, but I love the stories of those who did things the right way. They may not have hit the top, but they were inspired, they overcame and they did it with integrity and not at the expense of those that they “crushed” to get there. I’m more inspired by those on their way up than celebrities or dignitaries. They are all heart and passion.
- What are you looking forward to the most for the industry for the rest of 2021?
Successes — ours and everyone else’s. Booking business, making goals, watching others return to the industry, helping people return to the industry. I think we’ve learned how to be grateful again for our industry.
- What’s one thing you look for when interviewing a potential candidate?
Skill set is important for the role, but the personality and attitude has to blend with the existing team as well.
- What’s something that you learned about yourself in the past year?
That I’m stronger and more versatile than I gave myself credit for. I was furloughed for four-and-a-half months before finding my next opportunity, during which I launched three blog sites, took a ton of online courses for social media, and am now working on my first book.
- What’s your favorite podcast?
Honestly not something that I’ve gotten into.
- What values are most important to you as a leader?
Integrity and honesty are huge in my world.
- What’s the most important thing people should know about you?
I’m passionate about my work and believe that everything I put into doing a great job is my signature.
- What’s one habit you adopted while working from home that you’d like to keep with you as you return to the office?
Take advantage of small getaways. Even working at home, it was important to break away — and it doesn’t need to be extravagant. An overnighter works just as good or even a day trip. Keep your mind fresh and allow yourself to decompress.
- How would you describe yourself in a single sentence?
A passionate, direct, caring, and honest professional and woman.
- What’s your favorite app?
Home. I love to do interior design; it helps me balance my creative side.
- What do you do to recharge?
I love shopping. It’s so therapeutic for me. But not just to buy, to create a look. That can be for fashion, my home or my office. And of course I love a bargain.
- What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Succeeding in a career that I love, and taking responsibility for my happiness at all levels.
- What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
Don’t limit yourself to your clique. There are some wildly amazing people in this industry of all ages. Open your mind to all of them.
- What gets you up in the morning?
I love my life — work and personal — and am so grateful for all of it.
- How would you describe your leadership style?
There are rules, guidelines and then the open for interpretation. A time and place for each.
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