TUI has many successful female leaders in a wide range of areas. In our series "Female Leaders@TUI" we feature these colleagues and their inspiring thoughts on the subject of equality in interview form. This time we talked to Virginia Quintairos, Chief B2B Sales Officer TUI Musement.
Virginia, what is your current role at TUI?
Current role is B2B Sales Officer, with a focus to grow sales in the B2B space at TUI Musement supporting our ambition to become a leading player in the global Tours & Activity market. Bringing a team together, that aims to maintain and scale current client partnerships yielding mutual benefits, and build new strategic partnerships to expand business through our digital platforms.
Who is your role model as a female leader?
Have a few that comes to my mind, for me a role model is someone who inspires you, who makes you reflect. I would like to mention one that I have had the opportunity to meet few times and spent some good chats. Is about Chus Lago, an alpinist and writer. First Spanish and 3rd in the world woman who achieved Everest peak without artificial oxygen. The way she explains connecting with things that you love the most, climbing the highest mountain, surmounting difficult obstacles, that limits are just in your mind… Retracing a path that resulted the wrong way, and no matter what the effort was, pushing yourself to find new alternatives, new roadmaps to get you to your objective, because in the end you realize the important thing is the experience along the journey and the learnings. I found many of her conversations and books truly inspiring that one can apply to personal and professional circumstances.
Each year we ask ourselves the same, important question: Where does our society stand in terms of female leadership? And what about TUI?
The day we stop asking ourselves this question is when we will have done a good job on these inequalities in our society. With regards TUI, I think is great we are not shy about this matter, there is acknowledgement and understand there are plans around it. There are great female leaders currently at TUI!
There is a lot of talk about the specifics and qualities of female leadership. How are you leading?
This would be better answered by colleagues in the team. I think I have always tried to lead by example. I am a strong believer that a team delivers much more than individuals, so I am searching always for the unity of team colleagues working jointly towards one vision and same objectives / goals. Responsible, ambitious, confidence, flexible, caring, empathy being key to build trust, are qualities and values that I pursue on my day to day.
What is your advice for young female professionals regarding growth in their careers?
Sometimes we put ourselves limits, not really knowing why… so work around self-awareness to identify the technical skills and professional competences we want to develop, have a plan for these, then set some aspirational career objectives and go for them!
Trust yourself and feel confident on your decisions. Seek opportunities that takes you out of comfort zone as although could be challenging at the beginning is when you maximize learning and growing chances. Even if the opportunity is a bit “scary” say yes! Accept that your objectives may change over the time, as constant change is what is surrounding us, but be conscious that this will always be your decision. Most importantly…. It has to be fun! Although the many challenges we are experiencing in this time, remaining positive is very important.