Liz Cantalamessa is a list-maker. Packing for vacation or presenting to a client, no matter the size of the task, she's a woman who likes a game plan. Long before her career in sales and marketing took her to Facebook, she was a girl who liked order and organization. "I never had a messy bedroom as a kid. For me, I need order and organization before I can get things done. At my job, that transcends into the business planning." Her job at Facebook is to serve as a US Agency Partner, where she manages one of the big six media holding companies and their relationship with Facebook and Instagram. "What that means is I act as the primary liaison, internal advocate and thought leader for my external agency partners," she says. She says the best part of her job is the camaraderie and the collaboration she is exposed to daily. "I work with some really smart people, clients included, and learn from them every day." She's a proud Penn State alum and last spring, returned to her alma mater to guest lecture at the Business School. She has plans to do it again this fall. A working mom who strives for balance between her job and family, she lives in Westchester County, NY with husband Mike and their 8-year-old son Dylan.
What is your personal Mission Statement?
As a working mother, I believe in work/ life “integration” so that I’m a present wife and mother when I’m home, and a present employee when in the office. The notion of “balance” can be tricky. I strive to lead a fulfilling life both in and out of the office. I also believe in paying it forward. To me that means sharing what I have, whether it’s my time, information or resources.
What inspires you to create the life you live?
Living and working in New York is pretty inspiring. I take the train to the city and arrive in Grand Central Station daily which happens to be one of my favorite NYC landmarks. Looking up at that gorgeous ceiling brings a smile to my face as I start my day. At Facebook we consider our work environment to be a high performance culture. I think the same applies for working in NYC. It’s such a fast paced city that it pushes you to be the best you can be. And then there’s the obvious – my family inspires me every day. I didn’t create this life alone. I have a phenomenal partner who shares my same vision.
Do you use any daily disciplines or practices to energize you?
Not really – maybe we can skip this one ;-)
What is the one piece of advice or words of inspiration you live by?
There are several (many of which I’ve learned from my employer):
Plan the work and work the plan
Done is better than perfect
Pay it forward
I also try to differentiate between a problem and a “luxury” problem. Delayed flight? Rainy day on vacation? That’s a luxury problem. I really try my best to keep things into perspective. I’ve got it pretty good.
What helps you Have Some Fun Today - each and every day?
I’m a planner and list maker (note the “plan the work and work the plan” concept above), so I love having things to look forward to. That might be something as simple as shopping for ingredients of a new recipe I’m going to try out on my family, scheduling a lunch date with a friend or planning a fun getaway with my husband.
Stephanie Rado Taormina is a visionary. She founded her lifestyle and fashion brand Have Some Fun Today in 2015, inspired by four little words her late father always used to say. These words are a guiding force, a philosophy she lives by, and a way she honors the father who taught her and her siblings to find the FUN and see magic in the world every day. An artist, interior designer and entrepreneur, her unique vision for creating something beautiful and interesting is at the hallmark of all her projects. Whether she's got a paintbrush and canvas in front of her or a sketchbook she's filling with new ideas for HSFT, her creativity keeps her moving. As does being mom to two daughters. With a brand new HSFT gift line launching this week, she's busier than ever, but took some time to talk about with her inspirations and what's next for HSFT.
What is your personal mantra or Mission Statement?Move from your heart and give your best to every endeavor, but be mindful to stay balanced in work, rest and play.
What inspires you?Everything… life in general. Nature, music, art, fashion, relationships, conversations. And my quiet time to think, dream and plan.
What do you value most in life?My health, my family, and my ability to create beauty in the world.
Do you use any disciplines or practices to energize you?Yes, I do. I do several types of meditation. I have a very health conscious mindset, including a macrobiotic diet and working with a trainer twice a week. I do daily stretching and yoga, drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep. Plus, I think that being conscious of balance in your life actually creates balance in your life, so that you have space available to have fun and accomplish a lot.
What is one piece of advice or words of inspiration you live by?When you move from your heart everything falls into place. Nothing is given to you, so you have to do the work to reap the benefits.
What's next for you and for Have Some Fun Today?
I am thinking about more educational opportunities. A woman's forum on leadership, support groups to inspire youth, just taking the HSFT philosophy out in the community in an even more tangible and powerful way.
What helps you Have Some Fun today, each and every day?Staying balanced and believing that the universe has a plan for me so that I can enjoy the good times and can ride the wave through the harder times… There is always some fun to be had in a day even if it is just some laughter with a friend.