Broadening Your Scope and Shifting Gears on The Journey to the Top with Kristine Bowen
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In this week’s episode, host Nick Portillo talks with Kristine Bowen, Regional President at Sysco Corporation in the Pacific Northwest. Kristine shares valuable insights from her time in foodservice and discusses the importance of trying different positions in your career to grow and open yourself up to opportunities. She also discusses why she believes leadership begins with listening and how leveraging the different skill sets of each team member can lead to greater success. 


  • “If you want to continue to grow, do not just drive down the only lane you think you will be in. Shift gears and have a different perspective. You need to stretch yourself and try new things. It will get you noticed and build your portfolio for opportunity.” -Kristine Bowen [12:41]
  • “Anybody can accelerate their career. They have to have personal drive, be willing to learn and be willing to listen. Listen. Learn. Leverage. Lead. Lead is last because if you listen to those around you and learn you are expanding your ability to succeed.” -Kristine Bowen [35:09]


2:15 Kristine’s Background

8:57 Kristine’s Journey at Sysco Foods and How She Navigates Obstacles

15:08 Sysco Pacific Northwest

23:40 Leading with Empathy and Care

29:05 Covid: Emerging Food Chains and Independent Restauranteurs

34:47 Kristine’s Advice for Accelerating a Career in the Foodservice Industry 


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