J: Jessica Weiss
L: Lena Ciardullo
J: General Manager, Marta, Caffe Marchio & Vini e Fritti
L: Executive Chef Marta, Vini e Fritti, Caffe Marchio
J: Lockport, IL
L: Naperville, IL
What Inspires You?
J: My team. Creating a great place for them to work and grow as people and professionals fills my tank. Seeing them thrive, learn and achieve wins is exceptionally rewarding.
L: Beautiful Vegetables
Woman You're Inspired By?
J: I am so lucky to work with amazing women that inspire me every day. I have the best wing-lady in the business, Executive Chef Lena Ciardullo. Our AGM Lauren Blanco is a constant source of positive energy and keeps me going when I think I can’t go anymore. Amanda Kehr, our Sales Director is the support every woman needs, reminding me that I’m a person that needs to take care of myself (our collective skincare and fashion guru). My best friend Mary – she has 2 amazing children and always looks flawless and has it together. I have no idea how she does it.
L: Partner in crime, Jessica Weiss. Also my mom who taught me everything I know about tough love.
J: Classic, understated
L: Understated, casual.
L: Watching old movies
What motivates you when you need an extra push?
J: Falling flat on my face. When I fail it really drives to me to work harder and go for the win.
L: Setting an example for my employees and my son as a woman in a position of power.
How do you and your partner balance each other?
J: Our strengths are different, which means we support each other exceptionally well when the other is struggling. We help level the other out when needed.
L: We are both very passionate, luckily it is about different things.
What’s something you wish people knew about you?
J: I really dislike making decisions when I’m out of work. Please don’t make me pick where we go to eat.
L: My age- Im 34 and proud- but people tend to guess either much older or younger for some reason.
How do you feel in Tanya Taylor?
J: So fun! I like all the colors and fun textures all the styles have.
L: Fancy but comfy.