Dietetic Career Spotlight on Lisa Dixon Samuel, MBA, RDN
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on NOVEMBER 25, 2013
Meet Lisa Dixon Samuel, a Nourishing Partner RD, who excels in social media, blogging, writing, and presentations. Interested in starting your own consulting firm? Lisa has the answers for you. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
My love of food and cooking really brought me back to nutrition, after a career in community health research and outreach. I passionately believe the secret to a long and vibrant life is learning to cook and eat real food, and sharing meals with the people you love. Sharing that message–and how to make that work even with a busy schedule or limited budget–has become my passion.
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Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Every day is different. One day a week, I provide on-site nutrition counseling and a group nutrition session for a major corporation in my area. My business partner and I also consult with other companies and commodity boards, so we may be giving a webinar to a partner company, posting to social media, writing articles for their website, or working on a special project. I write for several publications, so one day may be devoted to research and writing. Usually once a week I’m giving a cooking class or a nutrition workshop somewhere in the community. And of course, when you own your own business, you’re managing your own social media, new business development and accounting and administrative activities. That’s part of what I love about this job–it’s never the same!
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
My business partner, McKenzie Hall, and I, started our own business, Nourish RDs.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always loved writing and public speaking, so those two things are fun and come naturally to me. I think I’m also a good listener and empathetic, two skills which are important in our profession. I’ve had to learn how to be more assertive in asking for what I want, and not being afraid of saying no or turning down work that’s not appealing to me. That’s been a learning process and an important part of being an entrepreneur.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Don’t be afraid to create the job and career and life you want. Make a list of what you want to do, how you want to live, what you want to make…and then figure out how to make it happen. Don’t be afraid of rejection or criticism–that’s how you learn to make yourself better.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
The opportunity to travel and eat great food.