Director of Marketing and Menu Development, Great NH Restaurants, Inc.

Birthplace: Medford, Mass.

Family: Husband, Nathan Langford; children, Chloe (8), Gabriella (7), Axl (2)

High school: Alvirne High School

College/post grad degrees: A.S. Culinary Arts, Southern New Hampshire University; Bachelor’s: Hospitality Administration, SNHU; Master’s: Organizational Leadership, SNHU; Graduate Certification in Marketing, SNHU

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Sounds cliché, but truly it was to just “Work hard, stay humble and trust your instincts.” Also, don’t take no for an answer. Anyone who knows me could confirm that one!

Why did you choose your profession?

For me, there was never a moment that I had to say “Yes, this is what I want to do over ‘x’ other job or interest.” I feel like I was born cooking and to be in the hospitality industry. I come from a family of great cooks and food has captivated me since I can remember. I always knew what I would do. Food is so connected to being human; maybe that’s why I love it. It connects people, tells stories about cultures and history, can be changed in so many ways, and much like smiling or laughter, it’s a universal language.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Definitely the people I have the opportunity to interact with. It’s amazing to learn people’s stories and how even simple acts can change someone’s day and even their lives ... and yours as well. It just feels right, like what you’re supposed to do. If you have knowledge or energy, the best thing you can do is share it.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Get more sleep and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

The continued growth of jobs and more reasonable living expenses. There’s so much to do in our great state and so many reasons to stay!

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

Professionally: My goal is to be sitting side by side with our company’s CEO taking on continued parts of his role. Personally: Snuggling my kids and husband while we travel, travel, travel!

Volunteer activities: FEEDNH.org, Career Days at many schools, Healthy Cooking classes/demos for kids at Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., local schools, Girl Scouts, FIRST Robotics Lego League Team.

Last major achievement: Nomination for Young Professional of the Year Award. Although I did not win, I was honored to even be nominated and incredibly flattered when I read the nomination the owners of my company had put together. Their view of me in that light was an achievement in itself.