With infectious, quick-witted humor and wisdom, Annette Fazio dazzles audiences with her astonishing story of how she took 4 “NO’s” and turned them into “absolutely’s”. She did the impossible with NO business experience, NO industry knowledge, NO culinary training and NO money and created and transformed herself and her business, into an award winning icon. Annette’s 25 years of leadership has made her uniquely qualified to teach, train and motivate on all levels. Of the 10 plus million women owned businesses, Annette became one of the elite 3.5% that were able to take their business over the million-dollar mark. Her creativity complements her professionalism to produce effective and entertaining keynotes, seminars, and programs that are useful and inspiring to management and staff.
Annette’s journey through a lifetime of adversity and a no excuse belief system helped create her direct style that demonstrates her passion for the practical side of business using her own story to show others the possibility of crossing the threshold to what they want for themselves and why starting a business is not the same as staying in business. Annette focuses on strong leadership and ethics that will create employee loyalty, leading to exceptional customer service and ultimately business longevity. Because Annette’s passion is people, her experience enables her to connect to managers and small business owners across the retail board.
Annette’s business experience includes a start-up specialty foods company, 3 restaurants and a successful catering business. Annette developed and hosted a Boston cable cooking show, was an educator for Cordon Bleu and currently speaks throughout the United States and Internationally.