Alumnae Spotlight – August 2017

Star Gilani - Delta Chapter Upsilon Line

August’s Alumnae Spotlight features Delta Chapter‘s very own Star Gilani! She was #1 in the Upsilon line and currently lives in Sugar Land, TX.

What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?

Currently, I am the Tourism & Marketing Manager for Visit Sugar Land Convention and Visitor Services. My job is to market Sugar Land as a premier destination for travel to families and businesses alike to increase tourism dollars generated in the city.

Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. shaped my professional efforts and goals. It served as the foundation of my professional philosophy and thought me how to work in a team filled with multiple personalities but towards a common goal.

What were your biggest challenges and struggles?

I wished I had learned the importance of building relationships and had a developed a leadership philosophy sooner. We’ve all heard our professors encourage us to attend networking events and even lead in team projects but I didn’t grasp the value of these traits until I started working full-time and managing my own staff.

What is your favorite part of your position/career/field?

I get to eat, travel and brag on a city that I love… what’s not to like?

What is your work/life balance?

Honestly, i’m still working to find the right balance. I find myself working on all sorts of projects after-hours and early mornings but it’s something i’m consciously working on.

What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?

The most significant benefits came from being an active member in the Sorority. It enlisted responsibility, time-management, and leadership qualities that have shaped my career. KPhiG also thought me how to care for the unprivileged and respect the pillars of womanhood and culture.

What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?

Be bold and don’t settle. Find the right mentors and pave your own way. Most importantly, be passionate about the Hospitality Industry as it supports thousands of jobs and produces millions of economic dollars annually.