From Dubai to Raleigh: Tori Steagall’s Story

International Business Concepts’ twenty-four-year-old Recruiter, Tori Steagall knows what it takes to build a team. She has dedicated her career to the art of team building, and that starts from within the International Business Concepts office. Born and raised in Cary, NC, the young entrepreneur joined the team in August of this year. Steagall has a bit of a history in the hospitality field and even dreamt of working at a historic museum, but the wind blew her our way and now she is set to become one of the most successful women in the industry. Tori Steagall was kind enough to share her story with us, and with the world.

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment to date?

“I think my greatest accomplishment is moving across the world without knowing anyone and not letting the fear stop me.”

Where did your career start?

“After high school, I went to the University of Alabama-Roll Tide! I got a degree in Meetings and Corporate Events. After graduation, I relocated to Italy to be a tour guide. From there I went to Australia and Dubai to work global scale events such as the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the World Expo. These experiences have made me so appreciative for the opportunities I have been given and have made me who I am today.”

What are you passionate about?

“I am most passionate about traveling and stepping out of my comfort zone. I have experienced some of the greatest moments of my life by trying new things and always having a positive attitude.”

What do you bring to the table in this career?

“My strong sense of dedication and empathy drive me in this career. Being a recruiter and having the opportunity to enrich someones life in any way is what I love doing.”

Are you a competitive person?

“Yes, I am competitive. However, I was a swimmer my whole life, so I’ve come to realize I’m a lot more competitive with myself than I am with others. That is a very independent sport, and I am always trying to be the best version of myself. 

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“The biggest growth I’ve seen is how comfortable I am speaking to new people! I’ve always learned to take defeat and turn it into a desire to be better. That can be the most challenging part; not getting discouraged and giving it your all no matter what. My favorite thing about working in the business industry is the growth that you see not only in yourself and for yourself but also for the company.”

How has your business and career been affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

“My career was heavily affected by COVID-19. I was laid off from my job in Dubai and had to relocate back to the states. Everything happens for a reason and I’m so glad to be spending time with my family and experiencing a new career in recruiting! This job has opened a lot of doors for me and I cant wait to see what else 2020 brings our way.”

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

“Knowing that what I do in a day’s work impacts the lives of my coworkers and others is what motivates me. I love knowing that I can have a positive effect on someone else.”

What business advice would you give to people hoping to start a career?

“Just be confident in yourself and your abilities. Stop saying ‘I hope’ and start saying ‘I am’.”

What important lesson did a mentor teach you?

“My old boss used to always tell us ‘every day is a school day,’ and I don’t think anything will ever be as true as that. You have opportunities to grow and learn in every situation.”

Who inspires you?

“I am inspired by not just one person, but anybody who is unafraid to speak their mind and vocalize what they want. People who are so unapologetically themselves and radiate positivity are inspiring to me.”

How do you define success?

“Success to me isn’t monetary and doesn’t come from a title on a business card. Yes, those are important in some ways, but success is knowing that not only are you happy, but you’re also creating a positive environment for those around you. Constantly striving to be a better version of yourself- that’s success.”

Despite being a self-proclaimed extrovert, Tori Steagall is one of the most inspiring, interesting, and encouraging people in this industry. Each person here at International Business Concepts is lucky to work alongside her. Final fun fact about Tori; she would name her autobiography ‘The Last Bite: Striving For The Best Until the End,’ because of her habit to save the last bit of each meal!

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