Cooking up Substance: A Chef’s Journey to Entrepreneurship

February 4, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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What we do to earn a living can have a profound influence on the meaningfulness of our overall lives. Our careers can be a terrific source of joy, or can manifest tremendous disappointment or angst in us. And sometimes, we just need some kind of change but don’t know exactly what it is. What to do, then, when your career has developed over several years, you’ve gained some valuable skills, and you think you might just be ready to make the leap to self-employment? Join the conversation as Chef Tara Anderson of Tara’s Table, who launched two product lines, Half Pint Palates in 2013 and will be launching Mother Meatball in 2015, shares her journey from a successful corporate executive chef to starting her own company. You’ll learn why she felt compelled toward entrepreneurship, how she made the tough decision to leave a great job, the early steps she took to launch the business, and how her life has since changed throughout her odyssey.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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