Two weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to meet with the AmBev BOD over breakfast. In our minds, this was not going to be the typical jolly chat over tea and biscuits. As it was to be set up, 4 GMTs would sit at a table and 2 to 3 BOD members would go around the room to the different tables. It was going to be done at 15 minute intervals with both parties asking “getting to know each other” questions. Basically speed dating at its finest.
The trip entailed the whole “24 hours in TO” ordeal (on the opposite side of the spectrum from Vegas-style). It also meant it would be the first time in my life I would not have to check luggage. To the average Joe, yes this is not a big deal but to me this meant being free to walk right through to security, easily putting my luggage in the overhead bin and walking right out the plane to grab a cab. After jet setting the world the past few years and having my luggage lost 4 times, I could not wait for this moment.
After landing and gloriously leaving the plane, I even gave a little smirk to those had to wait for their luggage. I used to be one of them but not this time. And it felt really, really good.
We were forewarned to eat breakfast before breakfast. Yes it is as confusing as it sounds. Our caretakers wanted to make sure we didn’t have jam sliding down our shirts and croissant flakes flying out our mouths while we talked. It was a well supported precaution but since I couldn’t get anything down before breakfast except for nerves, I could have eaten the entire food case at Starbucks. In 10 minutes.
In my head I pictured the breakfast being my 19th interview since I have been with the company. I felt like it was going to be the infamous final panel all over again. It started out like that with the CEO of AB InBev looking directly at me and asking, “So Andrea, tell us why you wanted to work for our company.”
Deer in headlights. Brito just said my name. Aloud. OMG.
After reclaiming my cool and as the 15 minute intervals rolled out the BOD turned out to be a very relaxed group. They wanted to share important learnings with us and find out who we are. It was their checkup to make sure the future owners of the company are the right ones.
I felt very fortunate to be asked to participate in the breakfast as it was a one time opportunity. It was a wonderful experience and once again I was shown why AB InBev is the company I want to work for.