Name: Brie DeLisi Zoller
Organization: Brie Z Operations
Title: Chief Problem Solver
Community work (board service, volunteering, mentoring, etc.) Monthly volunteering with groups that support food distribution, drive sustainability efforts, and support the development of women/minority-owned businesses.
CWCC Involvement (CWCC member for x amount of years, Engagement within CWCC: serve on our board, support our members and team, etc.) Brand new member!
The Why: Why do you do what you do/ why are you passionate about your work in our community? I genuinely love making it easier for business owners to pursue their passion. I have so much fun in the process of identifying and solving operational issues, and the fact that my work makes it a little easier for someone to achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding.
What is one of your biggest challenges that you have overcome, and how did you overcome it? The personal and emotional challenge of leaving my secure job with benefits and a regular paycheck to start my own business; it was by far one of the most terrifying leaps I’ve ever made. Making that jump required belief in myself, having a supportive partner and network, and the drive to go for it. I’ve never worked harder in my life. I regularly remind myself (usually mid-anxiety attack) that I am resilient… I left a career in the Aerospace industry four years ago to travel around the world solo, that was just as terrifying, and it was the best thing I ever did for myself; this is the same exact process.
What is your personal motto? Be vulnerable and be curious.
Advice for others in business based on what you have learned on your journey: If possible, choose to work with teams and surround yourself with those who make you feel psychologically safe – a psychologically safe environment is vital for us to be curious, ask questions, be vulnerable, take risks, grow, and develop. There are incredible studies, including Google’s Project Aristotle, highlighting how psychological safety is one of the most important factors in effective, productive, and fulfilled teams & individuals.
What are you most proud of from the last year? Both my husband and I took control our lives despite tumultuous conditions, and I’m so proud of both of us. We cancelled a wedding and chose to elope, we rescued the sweetest dog, worked incredibly hard on strengthening our relationship, and initiated new career paths. One would argue it was a heck of year even without a pandemic!
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