Dietetic Career Spotlight: Lindsey Toth, MS, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JUNE 20, 2013
Interested in becoming a corporate dietitian? Lindsey Toth has landed her dream job bettering the food industry all across America through science, research, communications, and social media. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
My philosophy is that you should take care of your body, because it’s the only permanent home you have. That philosophy is really what inspired me to pursue a career in nutrition. The effect food has on our bodies and how we thrive is amazing, and it really pushed me to want to learn more. And I’m still learning!
Your Job Title?
Global R&D Nutrition Scientist, Dairy & Protein Platform
Company you are with now?
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My days are varied, and can span the disciplines of science and marketing, all within a few hours. I spend some of my time on cross-functional new product innovation teams, providing nutrition support and guidance. Some of my time is spent on research for building out our scientific platforms. And another part of my time is spent focused on nutrition communications activities, including external healthcare professional stakeholder outreach, social media, brand communications support, and sponsorship opportunities.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I took a leap of faith as a graduate student and went to a Career Day that PepsiCo was hosting. At the time, I didn’t think I had interest in working in the food industry, but when I saw the passion that the company and its employees had for driving their health and wellness agenda, I was instantly sold. I knew that my passion for public health had a place – and the potential for an even larger impact – in the food industry, and at PepsiCo.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born a team player with a passion for educating others, but all of my experiences have helped to hone and fine-tune these skills. I learn something new every day, both from my mentors and my colleagues, and I know I’ll continue to learn until the day I retire (and I’m sure beyond!). Every meeting and every call is an opportunity to learn to be a better communicator, and since nutrition science is still growing and changing, I learn something new in the science world every day as well.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Remember that you’re not growing if you’re comfortable. So do something that makes you horribly uncomfortable every day. It will force you to reach outside of your comfort zone and to grow as a professional in ways you never thought were possible. Remember what Alice from Alice in Wonderland said: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast.” Keep believing and working hard. You will find success.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Trips! I love to travel!