Sometimes you come across someone that is so impressive you want to spend every moment you can with them. Not to simply chat or to just be around just for the sake of it – but rather to learn, hanging on every word they say and every action they take. Andrea is that someone. Within moments we realized she was La Jefa or the boss.
Every month there are conferences around the world that showcase politicians, activists, and business leaders that have incredible stories and experiences that make people want to listen to them for hours. Well, I’d go so far as to say that Andrea’s story or her presence could command any stage – and I didn’t want to just listen to her for hours, I could have listened for days!
You see, Andrea isn’t just a great great grandmother (that’s not a typo), active business consultant and owner of a fishing empire, she literally runs her community. And she does it in a way that’s powerful and strong, but also entirely humble. You could tell in each interaction she had with a family member, employee, neighbor, or client that they both loved and respected her dearly. Someone doesn’t get both of those unless they know how to lead – and lead well.
While sitting down with Andrea I was a bit surprised at how much she had to say. From sharing about her family to telling us about her journey as a business owner, I felt that unique feeling that many interviewers get. It’s that “I feel like I’ve known you for so long” feeling. Her tone was warm but her words were firm, not shying away from the harsher moments of her story.
The greatest moment, for me at least, came at the end as Andrea shared what she is most proud of in her life. She paused for a moment, took a look outside at her great-grandchildren and that proceeded to tell us her how she is most proud about the fact that she has provided an example for her great-grandchildren of the importance of hard work, serving others, and perseverance.
What’s next for Andrea? She plans to go back to school and get a degree. Considering what she’s already accomplished, that should be no problem for Andrea. After all, she is La Jefa.
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