Feature Story

Tamie Adaya

Tamie Adaya

President and CEO of Hotel Shangri-La

Q: Tamie, you seem to be the epitome of a woman who “has it all.” Tell us how you found such great success while managing to integrate all of your interests and passions into your life.

Tamie Adaya: As an ardent traveler, I pick up tips and pull inspiration from every city I visit; I also document them for either Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com/tamie-adaya) or my personal blog (www.tamieadaya.com).

My interests and passions span almost every part of history (for example my invite-only salons are based on Madame de Pompadour’s court of Louis XV); however, given the deco-moderne architecture of Hotel Shangrila, the 20’s and the 30’s are particularly pertinent. It has never been my vision to turn the Shangrila into a ‘modern’ hotel, for me, those kind of properties tend to date within 5-10 years…it has always been important to me that, while Shangrila is contemporary and vibrant, it is, at its essence, timeless.

Therefore I’ve created a property, an experience, for young-minded sophisticates of any age, who, like me, wear many different hats in their life; that because they manage a variety of demands in their life, they value a place that effortlessly allows them reconcile their lifestyle’s different facets.

Q: Working on so many projects seems like it could bring quite a bit of stress. What are your tips on managing stress and staying focused in your career?

Tamie Adaya: Most people who know me well know that my daily walk is a ritual for me. It is my medicine, my exercise, my period of Zen: a walking form of meditation. I avoid taking my phone with me, it’s the time that I am alone with me, myself, and I sort out my thoughts, feelings, ambitions, worries and emotions. I can smell the salt in the air, hear the waves crashing, and ground my self, stay present, and of course gaze on the edible sherbet sunset over the pacific.

Q: Following your passions instead of working the standard 9-to-5 can be risky. What advice do you have for women who want to take their career in this direction?

Tamie Adaya: Any venture or prospective project inevitably comes with adequate assumed risk and investment; my support group is the indispensable foundation of my business. No matter what your passion-project may be, the first couple of years unavoidably come with ups and downs; it is imperative to have the support of your loved ones.

The key to everything is good planning, you may not be able to achieve your goals as soon as you’d like or as fast as you’d thought, but that time affords your the ability to curate a team and vision, and most importantly to practice patience.

Q: At Career Woman Inc. we value the importance of mentorship in career development. Describe your most important mentor and how they helped you achieve success.

Tamie Adaya: My father mentored me in the art of hard work and organization, teaching me accounting is the heart of business, to always know where your money is coming from and going to. But in my case I’ve found that it is just as important to have a team of believers behind me, that continually bring out the best in me and help teach me about myself and the value of union.