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Changing Careers And Running The Show–Featuring Guest Lis Weston

Changing Careers And Running The Show–Featuring Guest Lis Weston
We've both said that if we weren't business owners in creative services that our skills would still translate to other fields. The same is true of our friend Lis Weston. She changed careers and brings a business perspective to running two nonprofits, while having an insider's look on the next generation of working women.

To get something right, sometimes you have to flip your perspective on the topic altogether. This episode we welcome a new guest: Lis Weston, a versatile businesswoman and executive director who brings a business-centric brain to education at Early Child Care Center in Lansing, Michigan.

Lis knows a thing or two about the value of an outsider's perspective. Over the course of her career, Lis translated skills from one field to the next. After starting out in the nonprofit education sector, she earned an MBA, worked at a large for-profit company, and eventually landed in the executive director role at EC3.

Lis shares stories and lessons from her winding career path: how her diverse professional experience gave her an edge in her current career, her unique spin on work-life balance, and why she refuses to be pigeonholed as a female executive.



Trying new things is always important–especially when it comes to cocktails. Inspired by our guest, Lis Weston, who had never tried a Cosmopolitan, this is a classic Cosmo recipe that balances sweetness, strength and citrus flavor all in one. Locally made American Fifth vodka and Cointreau orange liqueur come together with cranberry to create the ideal slow-sipping drink to share with friends.


  • 1 1/2 oz. American Fifth vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. cranberry juice
  • Orange peel, to garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice.
  2. Shake for about 30 seconds, until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel twist. (For an extra burst of flavor, peel the orange over the filled cocktail glass.)

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