We had the good fortune of connecting with Ida Bo Frazier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ida, how do you think about risk?
I have taken a lot of risks in my life and luckily most have paid off. I have always said that everything but pets and kids can be undone so risks are worth taking!

Originally I was born and raised in Denmark where I also went to law school and started my career. I worked in Copenhagen for both a law firm and the Danish government. But I was then offered the chance to become an expat in Brussels, Belgium, so I took the chance and left Denmark.

This year will be my 11th year living away from Denmark. After 4 years in Brussels, I was then offered a job at the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. So again, I seized the opportunity and moved to America.

Lucky for me that risk definitely paid off because in D.C. I met my now husband! After 4 years in D.C. we took another chance and moved across America to Los Angeles where we now live.

I know that my career would have been more steady had I stayed in Copenhagen and I would probably have held a high position there but I would not have had all the experiences I have had and I would not have met the love of my life!

So I highly recommend taking risks!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Originally I went to law school and I thought for sure I would work in a law firm but my career had other plans for me.

During the financial crisis I worked on the Danish scheme to bail out the Danish banks. I was the most hectic times of my career but also my stepping stone for all my next moves. I is a very proud moment for me because I worked on something very real that had huge impact on the entire country of Denmark. Following that I worked for the European Commission in Brussels and. the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C.

The biggest challenge has probably been translating all my work experience from Europe and DC into useful knowledge in Los Angeles. When I moved to LA I thought it would be a much more international environment than it really was and that has been a very different experience.

Luckily, I have been able to continue to develop my skillset and I know have a career as an LA publicist.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite thing about LA is the ocean and all the beaches. It is my happy place!

So anyone who visits I like to take to the beach. I love the beaches in Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice.

Besides beaches I live for sports and I love going to Dodger, Rams and Laker games. I cannot wait to visit the new amazing Rams stadium.

Often I have family and friends visiting from Europe and for many it is their first time in LA so we have to do all the classic and iconic LA sites from the Hollywood sign to amusement parks and celebrity spotting.

The food in California is so good and I love going to different places so we would have to try some of the many food trucks but also hit the LA hotspots. My fave fancy dinner is at Nobu in Malibu – amazing sushi and sunsets never get old! I live in the Valley so we would also have to visit some of the local microbrews for cold beers.

Finally, I would take any visitor to the Hollywood Bowl. I love going to concerts there. Summer nights in the Bowl are magical! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Having worked in lived in both Europe and America has allowed me to meet and work with the most intelligent and dedicated people.

Early on in my career I had a female boss, Julie Galbo. I worked with her during the financial crisis where we had the enormous task of figuring out how to get funding back into the Danish banks during a very difficult time. She is one of the most intelligent people I have ever worked with. She was a strict boss with high expectations but it was such an amazing experience because she taught me so much both about financial law and the capital market as well as about being a female strong leader. I haven’t worked for her for more than 10 years but we still keep in touch and I often think about her.

Today, my biggest mentor is my husband. He is highly intelligent, driven and a great leader. Every day he inspires me to do better and to set new goals for myself. He is always educating himself by reading, doing and MBA and finding new sources of inspiration – all while being the President of a large cannabis testing company, CannaSafe. I have nothing but admiration for him and I am so happy to have all his support.

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