Table Talk



Drea is the founder of Preshift Hospitality and is hoping to build a strong community of professionals in the hospitality industry that will inspire collaboration for future innovation. She interviews leaders in the industry to fuel more knowledge in a fun and creative way. She has worked in the industry for the past 7 years in her hometown of Los Angeles, in parts of England, and various cities throughout Europe. She has an MSc in International Hospitality, Event, and Tourism Management and in 2015 was awarded an endorsement for market research after pitching an idea to a panel of judges at Oxford Brookes University. Let's Connect! @preshifthospitality IG & FB and @ps_hospitality Twitter


  • S2E6 Table Talk - Purposeful Leadership feat. Bentley Williams

    13/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    In this episode, Bentley from WOW Academy Singapore graces us with his thoughts and experience on how hospitality had pivoted during this pandemic. He shares about the necessity of purposeful leadership when building a great organisational culture so we can mobilize our troops, and be ready to cope better with the volatile changes in the hospitality industry.You will also find his book "WOW! Giving your customers the WOW! Experience to grow your business" a timeless and interesting read.WOW Academy does training around Organisational Culture, Customer Service, Leadership, and Communications. If you are looking to engage their services, or reach out to him, you may find Bentley or Stephanie at us in our mission of regenerative hospitality.​

  • S2E5 Table Talk - Community & Collaborations feat. Lorielle Phillips

    30/05/2021 Duración: 30min

    In this episode Kylie chats to Lorielle Phillips, Founder of Elle's Kusina, Stockholm Charcuterie, Tzocolate Product Manager and Head Chef of Sizzle.se3 years ago, Lorielle packed up her life in Singapore and moved to Stockholm with her family. Since then, she had started three brands while getting her hands on as a product manager and head chef of a food tech company. Lorielle's shared how she found her community in Stockholm, in a hospitality and creative-centric co-working space. Getting involved in her newfound community led her to entrepreneurship. One of the most important lessons she learned in her journey is to "knock on windows when the doors are closed". She collaborates with various ethnic chefs and home-based cooks to share their culture, delicacies, and stories with you. She supports young female Filipina entrepreneurs so they too can thrive in their businesses. This lady is a great friend of mine, and I am so very proud of all her achievements! I know, this is only just the beginning. Get ready

  • S2EP 4 Table Talk | Culture Diagnosis & Coaching in Hospitality feat. CD Kotze

    15/05/2021 Duración: 49min

    CD is a transformational coach with 34 Coaching. He was a "revamp specialist" for many Hospitality organisations. Being part of many pre-openings, building organisational culture is innate to him. We speak with him about how organisational culture is important and how we diagnose your culture's health. There are some insightful and refreshing ideas and strategies we can improve in our actions towards our vision and some techniques and ideas we can take a leaf from coaching. We also explored how coaching can help an organisation grow and strengthen from the inside so that we can flourish. Look out for cute Doggo and heartwarming Dad of the year moments in this call. I sincerely enjoyed it :)If you would like to learn more about coaching and maybe add coaching as a skill into your repertoire, or just would like to get in touch with CDLINKEDIN: would love to have you join us on Clubhouse:Every Monday 08:00 PST | 17:00 CAT | 19:00 GST on Hospitality Coaches Room

  • S2E3 Table Talk | Talent Awakening in Hospitality feat. Marta Rocha

    18/04/2021 Duración: 23min

    In this episode, Kylie speaks to Marta Rocha, founder of 300Hospitality. Marta comes from a family of hoteliers and found her passion for the industry from an early age. Marta shared her fierce battles and learning curves for hiring, grooming, and valuing talents in Hospitality. She speaks from the experience of being a manager and a devoted mama to her baby tigers in her team. Her stories about interns, colleagues, managers and the lessons she took away from each interaction from her past and present are compelling and inspiring. Marta's jovial and positive vibes translate in this conversation, her social media presence, and in her everyday life. She is truly infectious! FOLLOW 300HOSPITALITY HERE: is powered by people, I like to call them the heartbeats of hospitality. As we adopt innovation and technology, most would agree that it would not be the same without the people driving the industry. However, we need to ensure that we value the existing talents and continuou

  • S2E2 - Experiences vs Transactions feat. Helen Douglas, Theo Hill, & Ivan Di Nasta

    20/03/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    In this episode, I’ve invited some old friends to share a table and discussing Experiences and Transactions in the Hospitality Industry. Both elements are essential to us in our day-to-day operations, but how do we find the synergy. In this conversation, we have likened pure transactions to being “Vanilla” and balancing the act of the two like in an “Opera”. How interesting!You may find information or reach out to our guests through Linkedin!Helen Douglas - Principal Consultant, TSA Solutions Hill - Head Chef, Gold Notting Hill Di Nasta - Restaurant General Manager, Beaverbrooke Hotel and Spa with us on Preshift -

  • S2E1 - The Hospitality Mindset feat. Shaun de Vries

    07/03/2021 Duración: 32min

    Ive had the honour of inviting Shaun de Vries from Melbourne to talk about THE HOSPITALITY MINDSET in our pilot episode. Before we met, I sent him a video about the infinite game from Simon Sinek and wanted to learn what he thought about the mindset of Hospitality and how it reflects on the way talents and the business will be groomed in reality. I'm linking the talk Simon gave to the Welcome conference about the infinite game below.The Infinite Game - Simon Sinek @ The Welcome Conference Shaun de Vries:Shaun de Vries hosts the Principle of Hospitality - The Podcast, an initiative set up in 2018 under the former name of the Open Pantry Podcast, to give hospitality leaders a voice on an international platform. Shaun has interviewed big names such food writer Kara Irving, Nick Stone from Bluestone Lane Coffee, Mark Wright from Wham Consulting and hospitality expert, Frank Widen. With the support and knowledge of Shaun, his team and Open Pantry Co’s partners, Open Pantry Co. ca

  • S1E9 - Digital Hospitality Training w/ Jonathan Plowright

    09/05/2018 Duración: 26min

    Training in the hospitality is so very important but how do you maximize the cost it takes to train all of your employees and measure it's success? Well, there are plenty of ways but with the future of digital spaces, Jonathan Plowright, founder and CEO of Typsy, is here to talk to us about digital training for the hospitality industry. Let's Connect!'s Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E8 - Cultural Cuisine: Northern Italy w/ Chef Rossi

    27/04/2018 Duración: 24min

    This episode is our first ever podcast to feature culinary. We interviewed Chef Rossi from the Art Institute of California in North Hollywood. His international culinary career includes owning four critically acclaimed restaurants in New Zealand as well as culinary positions in Australia, Sweden and the United States. His career led him to Los Angeles where he worked for Michel Richard at Citrus until opening its Tokyo location. He took the helm of Citrus Los Angeles before working for the Patina Group as Executive Chef of Café Pinot and Pinot Hollywood. He began educating future culinarians in 2002. Rossi is an ACF Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Certified Culinary Administrator and a lead Approved Certification Evaluator. He was born and raised in northern Italy, specifically, Milan, and in this episode, he shares his thoughts and knowledge about Northern Italian Cuisine. Stay Connected!Chef Rossi - or 818-299-5100 and ask for him direct

  • S1E7 - Using Hospitality For Female Empowerment w/ Stephanie Simbo

    20/04/2018 Duración: 30min

    In this episode we interviewed Stephanie Simbo, Founder of Beyond Bars Akademia in Cape Town, South Africa. She is on a mission to help fight the stigma surrounding ex-offenders. She does this by training and empowering women to live a successful career in hospitality and make the right choices in life. In this episode, she explains more about education, hospitality, and empowering women after they leave prison. Stay Connected! Twitter & Instagram@BeyondBarsAkademia FacebookLet's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E6- Studying Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes Uni w/ George Harwood-Dallyn

    12/04/2018 Duración: 29min

    We had the pleasure of getting to know George Harwood-Dallyn. He is so funny and charismatic, it's hard not to love him! He currently manages the Jolly Post Boys in Oxford, England and is on a mission to save the great British pub. In this episode, Drea and George chat about their experiences studying hospitality management at the Oxford School of Hospitality Management (OSHM) at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Let's Connect! @jollypostboysoxford Let's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E5 - Trends vs Laws in Disposable Food Service Packaging w/ Irene & Robert

    05/04/2018 Duración: 29min

    Drea had the pleasure to sit down and chat with Irene and Robert from American Paper & Provisions to discuss Trends vs Laws in disposable food service packaging in the state of California.American Paper & Provisions offers the largest supply of plant friendly products in the USA. They do a range of products from food service disposables, equipment and smallware, grocery, and janitorial supplies.Let's Connect! www.appinc.comirene@appinc.comrobertm@appinc.comLet's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E4 - Mental Health and Wellness in Hospitality w/ Tim Ethrington-Judge

    29/03/2018 Duración: 25min

    In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking to Tim, who is the founder of Health Hospo. Healthy Hospo is a not-for-profit community interest company with the dream of building a healthier, happier and more sustainable hospitality industry. They provide information, advice, support, and training on mental and physical health from health and wellness experts and those who have dedicated their lives to hospitality.Tim shares his story of his mental breakdown after 7 years as a brand ambassador for a liquor company and gives tips and advice and how to stay mentally healthy in hospitality. Stay's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E3 - Using Hospitality To Make An Impact w/ Robert Egger

    22/03/2018 Duración: 29min

    Robert Egger, founder and CEO of The LA Kitchen, tells us about his fascination with nightclubs and how it led him to start his non profit/social enterprise. L.A. Kitchen believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. By reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and providing healthy meals to fellow citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community.Connect:, IG, & Twitter @thelakitchenregger@thelakitchen.orgLet's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E2 - From Busser to Bartender to Reception Supervisor w/ Leslie Fickling

    08/03/2018 Duración: 12min

    I had the opportunity to interview Leslie Fickling for the cover of Preshift Hospitality's very first magazine that was released in July 2017. She shares her story of progression and hardship to show how she went from busser to bartender to now reception supervisor at Soho House West Hollywood. Let's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB

  • S1E1 - The Power of Service & Atmosphere w/ Leon Dalloway

    02/03/2018 Duración: 10min

    Welcome to episode 1! Drea explains what this podcast is and elaborates on a few clips from her interview with Leon Dalloway at the end of 2017. Drea is the founder of Preshift and is hoping to build a strong community of professionals in the hospitality industry that will inspire collaboration for future innovation. Let's Connect!@wearepreshift IG & FB