Launch Project is designed to set you in motion.
Whether you need a little push, or you’re already rolling and need some guidance, Launch Project will get you on course, inspire action, and lead you toward success.
Hello! I'm Lisa, and I'm thrilled you are here.
I designed Launch Project because I believe you should love your job. And be really, really good at it.
I know you can find a career that is fulfilling and gives you purpose, that lets you leverage your skills and your interests. Once you find that career, I know you can find meaning in your day-to-day work and interactions. And most important, I know that you can be inspired and inspire those who work for you and around you.
Your career can be a part of who you are, what you value, and what you want for this world.
I know this because I've lived it. Both for myself and for others.
I've led and worked on teams and projects where we've cultivated a "culture of family," where people are excited to get out of bed and go to work, and where we've moved the needle and had a meaningful impact for our organization and our world. In these environments, people thrive. They take initiative, they create, and they move forward. They do remarkable things.
I've also worked in organizations where leadership has been absent, trust has been trampled, and inspiration has been crushed. I've seen the impact these experiences can have on a person's confidence and personal and professional trajectory. I have also seen what it can do to the company's bottom line.
In today's world, where we are constantly connected to work (literally, we sleep with our smartphones next to our bed), we must find work that is fulfilling. We must. And once we have found it, we must not get complacent, we must not stagnate, we must continue to launch - and launch again.
A little bit about me...
During my 10+ years forming and leading effective teams in diverse industries (human rights, advocacy, non-profits, for-profits, ed tech) and settings (Washington, DC, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Charlottesville), I found that my passion is grounded in helping others unlock their value. I love supporting my colleagues and friends in figuring out what’s going on in their lives, what they really want, and then working with them to go after it. It’s where I get my mojo, and it’s where I am most effective.
Most recently, I spent five years working for an assessment and professional development company focused on enhancing the effectiveness of interactions. Our work focused on the interactions taking place between children and teachers in the classroom, but easily translated to the workplace. I had the opportunity to bring those effective interactions to life on our marketing, product management, and community teams and practice what we preached. I became an expert on identifying effective and ineffective performance, giving specific and actionable feedback - including developing customized 360 degree feedback reviews - and providing professional opportunities so that my staff could learn and thrive.
When I trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), I honed my practice and put some science behind the work I do in helping others achieve their goals. This rigorous program has helped me flex and tone my coaching muscle while providing a strong framework that I’ve now made my own.
I’m also a graduate of Colgate University and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service. I’ve been building and leading projects, teams, communities, and movements since 2004, and I’ve worked in diverse settings including government institutions, non-profits, businesses, consultancies, technology companies, and global development organizations. No matter the setting or the job, I’ve found that I’m most passionate and effective when figuring out how to help others grow and thrive.
In my spare time, I am riding buses with my three year old son, Oliver; chasing my vivacious one-year old daughter, Maddy, or chilling on the couch with my husband and our loving, too-often neglected dog, Winston.