She joined the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development in January 2008 after working as a Manager of Training and Leadership Development for Thomas & King, Inc., a large franchiser of Applebee’s restaurants and Carino’s Italian Grills.
Lissa has worked as an independent consultant with many non-profit and small businesses in the Bluegrass including; Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington and Leadership Central KY; KY Bankers Association; KCCJ’s Youth Leadership Program; Equity Inc; Hope Center for Women; The Innovation Station and Georgetown College’s Leadership and Ethics programs.
Teaching people how to ‘embody’ leadership competencies is Lissa’s area of expertise. She is currently pursuing research in comparing the effectiveness of Equine Guided Leadership Education (collaborating with horses to facilitate leadership competency development) with other methods of leadership development. She is certified as a Lights On Leadership ™ Coach, a Leadership Circle (360) Profile Facilitator, an Equine Experiential Education Association Corporate Facilitator and a Plexus Team Spirit Facilitator. Her academic interests include integral leadership theory, individual and group transformation and experiential learning methodology.
Lissa grew up riding ponies and horses and showed in hunting and jumping. She then studied dressage and over the course of three years she took her two year old thoroughbred filly from green-broke to first level. She has bred and foaled two mares and continues to enjoy riding and integrated horsemanship and horse care.
Lissa hails from Boulder, Colorado and Seattle, Washington and enjoys music, art, international travel, training and riding horses, walks in the Autumn colors and a great chai latte’. She moved to Lexington, KY with her husband and two daughters in 1999.