Michael Lastoria is the Co-founder and CEO of &pizza: A first of its kind restaurant chain rooted in a culture that prioritizes the personal growth, creativity and wellbeing of their team members and community. The company's values have enabled them to expand to nearly 30 pizza shops in seven years.
Prior to founding &pizza, Michael co-founded the creative agency JWALK as well as Innovation Ads, a digital marketing and media services company.
Episode #1432 Michael Lastoria: How &pizza’s Values Turned Into A Life Philosophy
&pizza Co-founder and CEO Michael Lastoria and Jenna discuss how &pizza’s values and culture prioritizing their tribe’s personal growth, creativity and wellbeing have been the undercurrent of their success expanding to nearly 30 pizza shops in seven years.
We chat about accepting change and pressure as constant forces in our lives and leaning into them, our responsibility to teach ourselves lessons to avoid self inflicted suffering, as well as earning the right to grow by consistently being the best version of ourselves and never compromising our core.
We also discuss how the solution to many of our problems - personally, professionally and societally - lies in the courage to have honest conversations with people with the intent of truly listening to and receiving what they are sharing in order to better understand them and ourselves.