About Lisa

People ask me where I’m from and while I will mention the town in which I now reside, I always quickly add that I’m “from” New York City. Truthfully I was born in New Jersey and lived mostly there for the first twelve years of my life, but New York City is where my heart and identity reside. I am a New Yorker. An East Villager. From before it was cool – when it was just seedy and scary.  When there was “no life above 14th Street” and the men’s shelter was around the corner on one side and the Hells Angels’ world headquarters around the corner on the other.

I now live in Wayne, PA with my husband of nearly twenty years and my two (if I do say so myself) beautiful children, whenever they’re around. My friends here tease me because, city kid that I am, I’m afraid of the boogeyman when I walk down the street in the dark – even if it’s only 7pm on a winter evening. Even though the Hells Angels never really scared me!

I own a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm and spend much of my time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting my ideas and approaches to life and to business. Ideas that are a compilation of what I’ve learned along the journey through my bizarre and “way out” childhood, and leadership best practices learned in my many years in business and my MBA.

lisa -kitchenPeople still have different reactions when they hear all that happened to and around me. A few years ago new neighbors moved in two doors down. I quickly became fast friends with the mom. One night we were out to dinner and facts about my past came out. She looked at me, from across the table, and exclaimed, “But you seem so normal!” I guess I am, whatever normal means. My childhood was anything but. It was quite a path from there to here and a long journey to move beyond all the things that held me captive for many years. It’s a weird story.  But it’s true.

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saying goodbye to the beach

pausing

breathing

relaxing

calming

allowing the love and joy to fuel and fill me

to soothe and care for me

breathing love in

and sending it out

loving with all my heart

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I am noticing the low-grade fear that often stays with me

I put my hand on my heart with self-compassion - of course I have fear

I remember that no matter how scary, not daring is scarier

I don't want to lose myself any more

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I have worked and played to cast out the self-revulsion that was carved into me when I was a child, and I am left with beauty and sweetness.

my latest blog post - Fill your heart with light and love - https://buff.ly/3yNdxoO

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a wall in San Jose

such beauty everywhere

so much pain and wrong in the world

how do I fuel myself with the beauty and love and channel healing and safety to those in danger

take it in

breathe

give it away

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

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