I met Liz Lesh in January on my first day of placement. Before she even spoke I noticed her incredible style and the infectious energy that she exuded. As I continued to get to know Liz over the past couple of months, I learned many more things. For one, she is hilarious, always speaking her mind fearlessly and knowledgably. She is a role model for young women with her independence, and healthy lifestyle. Liz also makes me people feel great on a daily bases with compliments, comments and constructive input.
I was excited to learn more about Liz Lesh, and she was more than happy to answer!
-Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Montreal and grew up in Montreal.
-How many years have you worked for the Lord Elgin?
It will be four years in August!
-Out of all the hotels here in Ottawa, why did you choose to work at the Lord Elgin?
Well, you don’t always have a choice, however, when I was working at Novotel Hotel I always fantasized about working at the Lord Elgin. I loved the look, the curb side appeal, the presence on Elgin Street and the historical element. The Lord Elgin has character and I identify with it because I feel I also have character.
-What have been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote yourself or the hotel?
Face-to-face networking and if face-to-face is not possible then I do my best to show my human side. I feel when I am human and when I share who I am, then a bond begins and usually solidifies a business and sometimes a friendship relationship.
-Have you ever crossed any obstacles as a woman in a leadership/business role?
Yes I have. However, I use those experiences as advantages and I can usually turn an obstacle into an opportunity by using the fact that I am a woman. I am not a feminist!! I am a woman and proud to be a woman.
-And how do you deal with difficult people?
I recognize that we all have good and bad days. I also recognize that you cannot please everybody. I deal with difficult people by acknowledging that I know they’re experiencing a problem and I roll with it. Then I go home and have a shot of vodka.
-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Aside from running on the canal and lifting weights, I hope to be working at the Lord Elgin Hotel IF they will still want me. This is precisely why I want to continue running, so that I can camouflage my age in 10 years. I may need some help from a plastic surgeon but will cross that bridge when I get there.
-What do you do for fun/relaxation?
Well, I don’t know how to relax. What I do for fun is not “fun” for most people, I love to go to the gym. And because I recognize that I don’t know how to relax I force myself to have a drink, sit back and have fun. I also cook, bake and listen to CBC for fun and relaxation.
-What three things could you not live without?
My workouts, my healthy food and my family. Not necessarily in that order.
-What is your fondest memory?
Giving birth to Sarah and Sammy.
-How do you cope with change?
-Where are three places you’ve never been and would love to go?
Vancouver, believe it or not; Chicago, also believe it or not…and Thailand.
-If you could design a new colour — what would it look like?
-Describe yourself in one word.
-How do you get balance in your life?
That’s a good question, I don’t have balance. I’m in transition trying to find balance.
-If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Stay in University, be more tolerant and patient.
-Where is your favorite place to shop?
-How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I’ve never counted, but let’s go with 69. And assuming I have 69 shoes, 57 of them are black.
-What is your favorite quote or saying?
Live and let live.