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Elise Gaston Chand has held a number of titles in a few different fields including working in human resources for 3 decades for companies like Starbucks and Yum! Brands– owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Most recently, she started her podcast — Because of Horses— in October 2017.  If you’re curious about breaking into Human Resources or the horse industry or both? Well, you’re in luck! This Espresso Shots episode is your one stop shop to finding out ways to explore and break into either field. Elise Gaston Chand has loved horses since she can remember and today –in the longer T4C episode– Elise tells us how she went from horse crazed toddler to successful author/podcaster. This mini-episode is longer than most and that’s because it’s so valuable and we want our Java Junkies to soak up every last word that Elise shares. So, whether you want a career in HR, the horse industry, or you just love fellow podcaster, Elise Gaston Chand, press Play and enjoy!


  • What are some entry level HR jobs that cover every aspect of the field
  • Why internships are often more important than the classes you take
  • Why you should NEVER say you “love people” if you’re interviewing to get into HR
  • Why you should look into the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program
  • Why your attitude, more than your skill, may play the bigger role in your getting hired
  • Why it’s important to actively participate and ask your own questions in job interviews
  • Why you should research the people who may be interviewing you ahead of time
  • The variety of ways to be involved in the horse world
  • Why it’s important to be self aware in the field of HR
  • If you want to learn more about Elise’s current job and her career listen to T4C episode #54

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