Fostering a Sense of Belonging with Michaela Payton

By Kelly Barner | September 20, 2023

It is always hard to be the ‘new kid’ whether in a neighborhood, at the office, or across the world. Learning to fit in, and finding a place to belong is as much a journey of self-discovery as it is a pursuit of acceptance. Going on this journey, and connecting with others in the process, can enhance personal happiness as well as professional performance.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Michaela Payton. Michaela is an Indirect Senior Procurement Manager at Lidl’s U.S. National Contracts Service Center. She grew up in Germany and has spent time living in California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Virginia (with a brief time back in Germany in between).


In this interview, Michaela shares what she has learned on her personal and professional journey about what it means to truly belong:

  • Learning how and where you belong each time your join a new community of any kind
  • The cultural aspects of communications, including adapting to the customs of each community
  • Why actively investing in creating a sense of belonging gives us an opportunity to deepen our empathy towards others


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