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About Lisa Conners Vogt, ACC, CPC, APR
I’m Lisa, a results-driven Certified Professional Coach (CPC) who holds the International Coach Federation’s ACC Credential. A strategic partner to executives, senior leaders and emerging leaders, I challenge my clients to identify and push past limiting beliefs so that they can dream bigger than they ever dared to before. If you want a coach who holds you accountable for establishing and achieving next-level goals, you’re in the right place!
I grew up in the Rochester, N.Y. area, graduated from Colgate University (where I majored in English and played soccer and rugby) and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in Marketing and Finance. Soon after graduating I moved to the Washington, D.C. area where my career quickly took off, and I met my husband, Tim.
I led projects for consulting firms serving the finance sector and federal agencies. I managed programs for the Nasdaq stock market and NASD and even commuted from D.C. to Toronto while working with a banking client.
When our son Conner was born, we struggled with how to balance child care and our careers. After trying several options, we decided that Tim should leave his job to become a full-time, stay-at-home-dad.
Tim and Conner happily bonded through years of fishing at the canal, playing baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, cupball (their own invention), visiting constructions sites to watch projects progress, and reading hundreds of books together. The arrangement was amazing! Today, Conner attends college at West Virginia University and “my boys” enjoy a very strong bond.
When Conner was still quite young I jumped at an opportunity to work for a telecom company managing a multi-million dollar budget and dozens of staff members. I led a team that built the company’s first eCommerce systems. I hired and developed leaders, solved problems in a fast-paced team environment, and navigated corporate politics.
This was my dream job!
Until it wasn’t.
People sometimes ask themselves, “What would I do differently if I knew I had a life-threatening illness?” I began asking myself a similar question. Although I didn’t have an illness, I had a job that was sucking the life out of me.
I knew that the 60+ hours per week I spent at work, and the 10+ hours I spent commuting could be better used.
I wanted to make a more positive contribution to the world, develop a real social life, and get involved with our community.
I knew I needed to make a change. But to do what?!
Tim and I spent almost two years researching business opportunities. Every day we took one action, no matter how small, to figure out where to take our careers. We met with consultants, went to trade shows, read industry publications, and analyzed business opportunities.
We ultimately purchased a 24,000 square foot children’s play and learning facility. It had a real, full-sized fire engine and ambulance, a giant sandbox, dress-up area, over-sized blocks, and party rooms. And, we created a store that sold educational toys online and in our bricks and mortar location.
The business thrived!
And then the economy tanked and life got extremely challenging.
I knew I needed to make a change…again. But to do what?!
I thought carefully about my values, experience and skills, and realized that I felt most fulfilled when my work was driven by a purpose…a distinct mission.
So I updated my resume and set out to find a meaningful job with a non-profit organization.
I joined SOS Children’s Villages, which provides long-term, stable homes for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. I led their marketing and PR department and was able to expand their fundraising initiatives to help provide children in the U.S. and around the world with stable homes. I managed corporate and celebrity partnerships, worked closely with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, and even had an amazing meeting with Angelina Jolie at her home in L.A.!
In the span of seven years, I transitioned from unhappily toiling in a large corporation, to owning and operating a family-oriented business, to helping provide children with stable homes. I was making a difference, developing my skills, and meeting amazing people!
After several years I transitioned to a job with an insurance company three miles from home. (A job close to home is highly unusual in the DC area!) There, I was able to take my marketing and PR skills to the next level while learning another industry.
Throughout my career, one step led to another, and another, and another. I continuously challenged myself to develop new skills, meet new people and maintain a positive outlook.
My habit of taking action prepared me for what came next…breast cancer.
It all started with a routine, annual mammogram.
The radiologist spotted something suspicious and asked me to return for a follow-up appointment. He showed me “calcification” spots that had shifted over the past few years and said that these could be a sign of cancer, or they might be benign. This finding sent me into a frenzy of biopsies, sonograms, an MRI, other tests and consultations.
I was ultimately diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to have a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
Thanks to my family, my surgical team, and friends, I had an amazing experience. I am grateful that today I am doing very well with a 1% chance of recurrence.
Following surgery, I wrote and published an e-book, Ever Better: Five Sources for Personal Growth, Happiness and Confidence. (It’s outdated at this point but send me an email if you’d like a .pdf copy.) Creating the e-book led me to create the Ever Better Podcast with the goal of sharing positive, inspiring stories from people who navigated challenging career or life transitions. The podcast is on hiatus but you can listen to 90 published episodes on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or iHeartRadio.
An unexpected pattern emerged as I created podcasts. Over and over again, guests told me that I asked powerful questions and suggested that I consider coaching. It took many months for me to recognize that I had been coaching executives and team members for years, and that with some additional training, this could be the next step in my career!
I’m now a full-time Executive and Leadership Coach, certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the College of Executive Coaching. I enjoy partnering with clients so that they can push past limiting beliefs to create more impactful careers and fulfilling lives.
Are you thinking that you might benefit from working with a coach?
I know that it’s daunting to think about confronting whatever it is that’s holding you back. But I also know that once you get started, you’ll discover possibilities that light you up, resilience that will help when you most need it, and opportunities that you hadn’t seen before.
When you work with me, you will:
Become a more engaging leader who doesn’t shy away from challenging situations or conversations.
Feel excited about your future and have a clearer vision of what’s possible in your life.
Have a greater sense of purpose and motivation, knowing that you can more fully use your skills and knowledge.
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