At Culture Works, we understand that leadership is one of the most important ways to foster great culture. Our fearless leader, Kristi Pastore, is one of the best examples of creating a community to drive success throughout our company. So, we’ve decided to give you a little insight into what inspires her and how she’s gotten to where she is, CEO of Culture Works. Here’s our CEO Spotlight with Kristi Pastore:
Q: What is one fact about your education or upbringing that few people know?
A: My work ethic, and the emphasis I place on it, comes from my mom. Growing up I watched her work her ass off to build her business. She was the co-owner of a weed control company, but was always working two or three jobs at once. Her work ethic is inspiring, she did everything she possibly could to provide for us.
I grew up on an 80-acre ranch in Northern California. When I was younger I helped tend to the ranch. My neighborhood consisted of chickens, ducks, a horse, go-carts, motorcycles, ponds, a garden, lots of forts, and a few rescue and family dogs (a pack of 25 to be exact).
I loved how I grew up, and I appreciate everything that it taught me; the importance of hard work, the value of a home-grown lifestyle, and so many unforgettable memories.
I entered the workforce at the age of 13, selling oranges at the swap meet. After that, my resume gets a little more robust, here’s a short breakdown:
- Cleaned houses
- Flipped burgers at Carl’s Jr
- Made Subway sandwiches
- Ran a video rental store
- Made computer chips
- Served on a hazmat team
- Held numerous sales positions
- Became a U-Haul reservation manager
- Tended bar
- Guided model home tours
- Was a facilities manager
- Worked as a receptionist
- Was a financial services marketing rep
- Worked as a financial services assistant for accounting, management, and operations.
Just to name a few…