In this Episode
Lisa Stern, a self-proclaimed “doer,” opens up on how to take advantage of every opportunity you’re given, how to ask for what you want and how to see the positive in every negative situation. While bartending, Stern met and networked with a customer who coincidentally ended up working for a startup flavor company — the company that would soon offer Stern her first job out of college.
Capitalizing on her opportunities again, Stern used her downtime at this rapidly growing startup to identify areas for growth, research market trends and secure new target markets — positioning herself as a valuable team member who was willing to take initiative on new projects, leading to a 15 year career with the company. While taking a break to focus on her children, Stern stayed involved in the food industry by chairing various committees at her kids’ school, including one that planned international cuisine days centered around food trends. After her hiatus, Stern reached out to a contact at LifeSpice on LinkedIn and pitched herself as the ideal candidate for the company’s open position. When contemplating making these bold moves to reach your goals, Stern offers this advice: “Don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve — you need to ask for it.”