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Owner and Management Consultant at Destra Consulting Group LLC, a boutique consulting firm, Bette Smith moved to Indy six years ago from Colorado, where she had lived for 30 years. Her boutique consulting firm has been around for more than 30 years. In her free time she loves travel, yoga, paddle boarding, skiing, food, and wine. She’s even a sommelier who worked as a wine educator for several years for a culinary school and for the International Sommelier Guild. An old-house lover, Bette currently lives in one built in 1860 with her husband and son. Tell us more, Bette!
My Maven Superpower is … Enthusiasm – this is the feedback I receive most often from my clients and people I work with.
Best book I’ve read lately is … I really enjoyed The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I loved the exploration of the ‘in-between’ life where the main character slides between various possible lives she could be living as she realizes that she does indeed want to live (after a suicide attempt). It is a modern-day “What A Wonderful Life”. Highly recommend.
Self-care habit I swear by … Yoga – I’ve been practicing for over 40 years. It fits every stage and circumstance of my life.
My first job was … My most fun first job was ‘beer and chowder girl’ at a restaurant on Cape Cod.
The best career advice I can offer is … Know what you value and know your worth.
A purchase I’ve been loving lately is … Super soft cashmere wrap.
I feel most confident when … I’m working with a group of people – facilitating and coaching.
My favorite local restaurant dish is … Anything at 9th Street Bistro in Noblesville – Chef Samir is a James Beard nominated chef. Come check it out!
The thing I’ve been binging lately is … I’m really old school and for shows, I watch one episode a week. That being said if I were to binge something it would be Shrinking. Definitely binging the gorgeous spring weather!
A fun fact about me is … I speak Russian.
A Maven you should know is … Molly Meiners
My favorite nonprofit to support is … Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank
Something to celebrate … I just completed a NeuroCoaching certification.
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