Bobbi de Winter is Executive Director of the Food Well Alliance and a living example of how to change your life!
Bobbi has 25 years of private sector experience bridging sustainable business strategies and innovation through cross-cultural partnerships to Atlanta’s local food movement. As Vice President of Verizon Wireless in Puerto Rico. Vice President of Product Development for Bellsouth.net in Atlanta, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bellsouth in Ecuador, she focused on innovative technology and product design, consistently guided by her personal mission to tap into an organization’s strengths in order to drive innovation and grow long-term, measurable successes on behalf of her clients.
Having launched two startups in Silicon Valley and started eight companies across four different continents, Bobbi looks for cultural cues to adapt, gain trust and quickly mobilize teams to engage and take ownership in the creative and implementation processes. Passionate about understanding the social, economic and environmental impacts of the tradition business paradigm, Bobbi turned to sustainable development.
In 2014, Bobbi joined Food Well Alliance as its first Executive Director where she now leads the development of the new organization’s strategic work to mobilize, convene and promote the diverse local food movement that is growing in Atlanta. Bobbi’s experience in developing cross-sectoral partnerships fuels her commitment to work across the local food system to understand the gaps and opportunities where collaboration is not only possible, but critical to building healthier and sustainable communities in Atlanta, where she was born and raised.
Bobbi earned her Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School for Management, and holds bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgia State University.
Lessons from the Show
Bobbi talked to us about her career in Corporate America, about her transition, and about the very deliberate process she used to make that transition, and she offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The richness and diversity of experience that we attribute to an international career can be experienced in our own back yard – not least in Atlanta, where poverty international culture, and ethnic and religious diversity exist in amazing beauty and richness in our midst;
- Finding and relying on wise companions and mentors can help open our eyes to possibility and to another side of our environment, and can provide us the tools and connections to engage and grow. In Bobbi’s case her world changed when she met Bill Bolling (a previous guest on this show: “Service Leadership” and “Having Conversations“;
- The process of regrouping and building the foundation for a new career can be a deliberate and purposeful one. Bobbi takes us step by step through her own path and process, and coaches us to taking this on ourselves.
You can find out more about Bobbi’s work work and contact her through The Food Well Alliance website.
This is episode # 126