Behind the Scenes: A Candid Conversation on Why Hard Work Pays Off with Barbara Powell
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In this week’s episode, host Nick Portillo talks with Barbara Powell, Vice President of Food Service Sales for Mount Franklin Foods. Barbara talks about the importance of taking risks and shares why taking risks can lead to amazing success. Nick and Barbara have a valuable discussion about the accomplishments and contributions of women in the food service industry over the past decade and talk about the one character trait they feel is the most vital in food service representatives today.


  • “Be true to yourself. Work as hard as you possibly can, but still keep a balance. Don't hold anything back, and primarily believe in yourself because you can overcome so many obstacles. You just have to have a little bit of faith.” -Barbara Powell [11:46]

  • “I don't think it is a diverse enough industry. The more diverse perspectives, walks of life, and backgrounds that you can get involved, you can have a bigger pool of resources, people with ideas. It hurts us when we're too homogeneous. Even though we've made strides, I think we have a long way to go.” -Barbara Powell [25:20]


2:33 Barbara’s Journey From Sales to Food Service

4:09 Career Growth and Lessons Learned During COVID-19

9:52 Integrity and Looking Forward

16:11 Overcoming Obstacles and Establishing New Habits Post-COVID

23:13 Challenges and Barriers Faced as a Female in the Industry

25:07 Promoting Diversity in the Workplace

33:21 Creating a Legacy of Integrity


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