Entrepreneurs sharing private tales in Storytellers Undertaking present
Lisa Dahl’s life may look perfect on the surface.
A renowned chef and restaurateur in Sedona, Arizona, she has won awards for everything from cooking and dining to business acumen. She has been featured in national publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, the New York Times, and USA TODAY.
However, it wasn’t an easy road for the two-time chef at James Beard House.
When she lived in San Francisco in 1994, her only child, Justin, died after he was murdered to stop a robbery. The tragedy caused Dahl to uproot her life in Northern California and move to Sedona, where she reinvented herself and jumped into her job.
“Many of us will face tragedy and lose a very special person in our lives. How we embrace this experience and keep their minds close together will be more than our salvation, ”said Dahl, who will tell her story of how she turned to cooking to heal her pain.
Dahl is one of five people who will share personal stories with a virtual audience on October 1st on the Storytellers Project’s Entrepreneurship and Hustle show, which will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube at 5:00 pm (PT) / 8:00 pm (ET) divide.
“I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share how I could heal from my loss and find a new life,” said Dahl.
“I want my story to be a message of hope.”
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Dahl is accompanied by:
- Sheree Hartwell of Scottsdale, Arizona, owner of the Ford / Robert Black Agency model and talent group.
- Kina Pickett from Bozeman, Montana, extreme skier and co-founder of the digital platform ZPPR.
- Jeff Wuslich of Bloomington, Indiana, owner of Cardinal Spirits.
- Allison Devane of Phoenix, founder of Arizona-based Teaspressa.
Hartwell’s story is about her journey from child modeling to buying the model and talent agency she represented.
“I bought the company from Robert Black and I haven’t looked back,” she said. “Many exams and achievements and many lessons were learned along the way.”
Hartwell said through her story that she wanted to motivate people to pursue their dreams despite all the perceived hurdles.
Pickett’s story is about his journey to entrepreneurship and never giving up.
“Entrepreneurship is now more difficult than ever, but there is always a way forward,” he said.
“My story is about pushing boundaries. As an African American, I’ve tried to push the boundaries between sports and business. This story is about the critical moments I learned along the way and my newest endeavor, work really distant from life. “
The Storytellers Project, part of the USA TODAY Network, produces shows in 20 cities in the US, but switched to virtual shows in April due to stay-at-home orders. National and regional shows are planned by the end of 2021, which will bring together a variety of storytellers who will tell true stories from their personal lives. Storytellers and journalists from across the USA TODAY Network coach the storytellers. Further information can be found at https://www.storytellersproject.com/about/.
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