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Women leaders of the casino industry fêted

The Caledon Casino is celebrating women who work in the casino industry this Women’s Month.

Here are two women who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure visitors have an ongoing feast of entertainment seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Natalie de Bruyn, Human Resources Manager at The Caledon Casino, Hotel, Spa and Entertainment celebrates 20 years at Tsogo Sun this year. She recognises that the biggest challenge women face in any industry is acceptance as a valued and equal business partner. She cited as her biggest work-related stumbling block keeping her work and home life separate, keeping things simple and not over-thinking situations.

In her position it is also very important for De Bruyn to remain neutral and always provide the best, most suitable advice or guidance, depending on the circumstances.

One pet hate nowadays is a full parking lot, but she recalls her first real life changing experience, which was driving a car. This enabled her to get ahead in her life and career.

This avid puzzle fanatic loves seeing people happy and growing in their careers and lives. She believes it takes real hard work and sometimes dealing with difficult situations to grow. She loves people and has a passion for entertainment, which is what she believes one needs to thrive in her line of work. What can she not live without? Her handbag – because it contains a cacophony of essentials.

Natasha Kennedy, Caledon’s Spa Manager is all about balance and lipstick – she can’t live without either! She believes everyone needs balance in their lives, and everything will fall into place. She achieves balance by working smart and getting as much as possible done during her workday. Kennedy does, however, have to remind herself that this is “not always achievable”, so she aims for it as best she can.

When home, she disconnects from work, but when she is at work, she works. It took losing her luggage for Kennedy to experience one of her biggest epiphanies in life, which is that one can’t avoid negative situations but one can change the response one has to them.

Kennedy’s most memorable day at Caledon was her first one. As someone whose pet hate is inconsiderate people she will never forget how kind and considerate her colleagues were towards her, even though they had tight schedules. They still treat her the same way, which is what makes her work day so enjoyable. But the most rewarding part of her work day is creating memorable moments for her customers. Kennedy admits her passion is people and skin care – and these are what is required to be successful in the industry she’s in.

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