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  • Secrets revealed! Interviews with Happy Bitches: Lisa Ferlita

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    Happy Bitch: Lisa Ferlita

    Dish on Lisa: Born and raised in upstate New York, Lisa is CEO of The Camber Group (www.TheCamberGroup.net) – a woman and veteran-owned national company that overseas commercial construction projects.

    -Former member of the United States Air Force (Desert Storm Vet)

    -Cancer survivor

    -Epitome of a Happy Bitch.

    Read on and discover how Lisa's infectious energy, love of life and good will inspires all who meet her.

    Keryl: You are the CEO of a successful national company that overseas commercial construction projects. That no doubt places a fair amount of demand on your time, energy and intellect. Nonetheless, you are considered an extremely happy person. What do you attribute your positive attitude to?

    Lisa: My positive attitude was forged from negative comments growing up through a construction industry where men rule. I was told along my career path I would never be more than a secretary on a job site. It has been rough working in this industry, but I never gave up. I worked harder and was more focused than ever to prove I could be successful. Positive energy and determination are contagious.  I've had other women in the industry ask me how I do it. How do I work in such a man's world and industry? I know everyone works hard in their professions and careers. I just pushed myself over the top.

    As I began to travel around the United States and have conversations with women about what I do, there were times they seemed in awe. They were unhappy and believed they had hit the glass ceiling until they met me and saw proof-positive there is no glass ceiling if you are determined enough. They were inspired to see a woman can be successful in a male-dominated industry. To me, it was humbling. I didn't realize that what I was doing was literally changing view points of those whom I came in contact with. It's an incredible feeling when you realize you inspire others.

    The truth is, I too was in awe of other women, their stories, their struggles, in life and in their professional careers. 

    Bottom line, be positive and embrace challenges.

    Keryl: So in a nutshell, would you say you simply don't take all that crap about limits? That with perseverance and the right attitude, you can cross any barrier?

    Lisa: Correct. No limits. The right attitude goes so far. I don't cross barriers. I tell people II fly or leap over them.

    Keryl: It seems when people come across challenges, their automatic or at least the most common responses are to get pissed, get angry and fight for rights. It sounds like you haven't gone that route. It sounds like your positive approach and lifting of the spirits of those around you has brought down more barriers and opened more doors. Would you agree?

    Lisa: I agree wholeheartedly. Anger only hurts you and gives you the title of "bitch". Always be the bigger person and move on. Just be genuine and passionate. The rest comes naturally.

    Keryl: Tell me how your mind works Lisa. Women out there are facing challenges daily. Something clicked for you. How did you discover this uplifting approach to life and business?

    Lisa: Trust me, I have challenges daily, but it is how you deal with the challenges that counts. In the early years of my career, I was often angry for not getting the pay raise, the title, and the salary. Finally I decided no one would hold me back. I discovered that life is really about what I do, say and create. It's how I conduct myself that impacts those I work with, those I live with, my friends, family, even the cashier at the check out stand.

    Keryl: Tell me about your overall philosophy about life and business. It seems you can't do enough for people. How does that feel? How do people respond to that?

    Lisa: I do for others freely, willingly and passionately. This makes me grow internally and realize life is NOT about me, but about others. People are my life. I integrated this concept into my company as well. "It's about people." is our motto. As far as how it feels to do for others, it is natural for me. I don't think about it. It just happens. Sometimes people are surprised and taken back and don't understand why I want to help so much. That reaction in itself forges me to work harder for them.

    My hope is that people I work with learn from this and will pay it forward to the next person who needs a helping hand.

    Keryl: What has this approach to life done for you?

    Lisa: Being positive and reflective has made me a stronger person than I could ever imagine. It has made me realize that we truly do need other people to sustain ourselves throughout all phases of life.

    Keryl: Thank you Lisa – for taking the time to talk with me and share your insight. Most of all, thank you for the love and kindness you put into all you do. You are a force to be reckoned with and an example for us all.

    Favorite Quote: "Confident and empowered woman ride Harley's, the rest just sit in the back seat and let their husbands steer." – Lisa Ferlita

    Favorite Books: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, A Patriot's Handbook-Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.  Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    Feel free to connect with Lisa on Facebook. You can count on her to consistently share fun, up-beat and positive thoughts.

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