Lisa Besso

Director of University Relations @ UTP High Schools | Global

Time to read: 4 minutes

How did you start out?

I was working in advertising and after a while, I started to get restless. I wanted something different. I quit my job as I was a VP for an advertising agency and moved to Italy on my own. I ended up teaching business English in Italy. After four years I decided to get a Masters Degree back in US.

What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

To listen more!

It seems that the millennial thinking is: ´I have something important to say, I´m entitled to say it now´ and quite often they forget to listen.

What helped you get as far as you have?

Taking risks.

A low point in your career/life and how you overcame it

After having made a long distance move for a job opportunity, I was put next to a very difficult co-worker, who had the ability to push all the buttons to deeply upset me. At the same time, I started reading about meditation and that gave me the opportunity to learn how to not take things personally: I started seeing that annoying person as a teacher! The Dalai Lama said once: ´I am thankful to the Chinese Government because they give me the opportunity to practice patience´. I am grateful to that co-worker because she gave me the opportunity to do so too.

A word to describe yourself

Genuine.

What are you most proud of in your professional life?

Seeing the success stories of people who have worked for me.

Your first paying job: What and when

I was 16 and it was cleaning hotel rooms.

What do you do to keep yourself centered?

Meditate. I teach meditation too.

What´s your favourite quote?

´Do one thing each day that scares you´, Eleanor Roosevelt.

What would your superpower be?

Giving people the power to control their minds, rather than their minds controlling them.

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