Fall Back Up with Lisa Coates

Lisa Coates is a driver. She was born in Los Angeles in 1964. Her mother was a white Scottish Cape Bretoner and her father a black musician and teacher.

Lisa moved back to Cape Breton with her mother and then on to Boston as a teenager to complete her education and begin work.

Being a mixed-race child in Nova Scotia in the 70s came exposed Lisa to racism from both sides of the cultural divide. The experience hardened her resolve.

She explored real estate in Massachusetts following 9/11 but eventually packed it in to return to Nova Scotia. Her experience with real estate provided a foundation for the creation of a contracting company.

Lisa Coates ABM coverShe has built her business, Level Ten Landworks into a well-respected construction firm, doubling her revenues from year one to year two. It is truly an entrepreneur’s story and featured as the cover story of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Spring 2018 issue.

I hope you enjoy my wide-ranging candid conversation with the energetic and opinionated, Lisa Coates.

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One Reply to “Fall Back Up with Lisa Coates”

  1. Re Lisa Coates: Phew! Wasn’t that a fun interview! A real driver is right. As they say or used to say in CB. Driver MacIvor!… Good for her. I thought of Kathy when she was talking. All that talent just idle. How can she do that. I know women down here who have spent a lifetime without guiding themselves along a path, but just following in the shadow of somebody who is paying the bills. Well, sometimes, you do what you can for reasons, but she has lived a different kind of life than the one that is laid out for women to follow from the time they are born, educated to a life that is impossible to be a success at without tearing out your hair.

    Education for my grandmother’s generation was only for the wealthy. China painting, music lessons, fine needlework.

    Mum’s generation added stenography to the above and tap dancing. More entertainment lessons! After the invention of the typewriter. The keys were made to fit smaller fingers (women). Although men learned to type and there were many men who became personal secretaries. (Although it has always been considered ‘women’s work’ ) Now they are called E.A.’s – Executive Assistants – when I was working they called us ‘office wives’ and we were expected to make coffee, and sew on buttons, etc. It was the etc. that was difficult to cope with. Oh well, that is all behind me, but I enjoyed the interview very much. It is the Liberals spending that will concentrate education of how taxes work. Appalling the amount of taxes we pay. And if the NDP gets in it will be worse. Your interviews are really outstanding, Jordi. I love the laughter they invoke too. Love, Mom Where are you???

    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM, JordiMorgan.com wrote:

    > jordimorgan posted: “Lisa Coates is a driver. She was born in Los Angeles > in 1964. Her mother was a white Scottish Cape Bretoner and her father a > black musician and teacher. Lisa moved back to Cape Breton with her mother > and then on to Boston as a teenager to complete her ed” >

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