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A collage of female leaders at Cameron Mitchell RestaurantsWe would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the outstanding women who are valued members of the Cameron Mitchell family.

We strive to create a culture of support and empowerment for all of our associates – and we are grateful to all of the women who work every day to make our company better.

We had a chance to catch up with some of the women who are leaders within our team, and here’s what they have to say:

“I am inspired every day by the women around me, in all aspects of my life both professionally and personally. There are so many strong women I surround myself with who build me up every single day and I am thankful for having in my life. I think because I am strong, I naturally am drawn to women who are as well; women with attitudes, strength, dignity... women who hold their heads up high when faced with adversity. They make me a better person, and a better leader.”
– Amberlyn Heiney, General Manager, The Guild House

“I love being able to make a difference in the lives of the people that I work with. It's the compassionate part of me that I am able to show to our associates and guests as a leader. Being in a role where people tell you their stories and having the power to make a difference big or small is what makes my job fulfilling. At the end of the day that's what I want others to pass on.”
– Kelly Nordstrom, General Manager, Molly Woo’s

“To me, leadership is about uniting your team around a common and meaningful goal, and then supporting them with both resources and encouragement to help get there. When a team is reaching for goals that they feel are meaningful and personal, they will always be successful.”
– Kelly Gordon, General Manager, The Pearl

“I have always taken my role as a female leader in our company very seriously. To empower, encourage and support other woman to find their voice and trust their strength is a job I don’t take lightly. To be able to create a path where one did not exist in our company that is providing bright futures for so many associates is an honor. To do this as a woman means sometimes I am criticized for being too tough or intimidating. I believe a strong woman should be allowed and encouraged to be strong and loud when she needs to be and allowed and encouraged to be feminine and calm when she needs to be. Quite often this all goes hand in hand. ‘A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else’ –unknown”
– Melissa Johnson, Director, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events

“Something that inspires me in this field is the empowerment we are given to make raving fans of our guests all through our food. It's the details that keeps them coming back to us to celebrate a special occasion.”
– Ryan Rupe, Executive Chef, Martini Modern Italian

“Maya Angelou said, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ This quote inspires me to take care of our guests with genuine hospitality as if they are coming into my own home. At M, we strive to deliver a dining experience that will create lifelong memories through delicious cuisine, detailed service, and a beautiful atmosphere.”
– Kristen Luff, General Manager, M at Miranova

“ ‘To handle yourself, use hour head; to handle others, use your heart.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt… I'm inspired by our culture and taking care of our associates, when they feel that you truly care about them as individuals and they will always follow you as a leader.”
– Wendy Middleton, General Manager, The Barn

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