Spotlight Series: Meet Lisa Petsinis Career and Life Coach

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a certified career and life coach. I work with women who want to bring their best self to work, relationships, and life.

I believe that everyone has the resources and capability to do whatever they set their mind to do. A lot of the work I do with clients is around envisioning the life they want to lead, working with them to remove fear and limiting beliefs, and gaining the confidence to go for their dreams and goals.

Before I started my independent practice, I was a Human Resources Leader for 20+ years. I've always worked in the personal development space, and it was a natural transition for me to work with individuals in a more personal context. Life is too short not do to what you love, so I've made it my mission to help women get unstuck and find what brings them joy.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it? What did you learn?

My first job was the Take-Out Girl at Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill. I was responsible for taking customer orders, handling the cash, stocking the take-out area with supplies, and packing up the food orders. It taught me a lot about interacting with the public, organizing, and math. Back then the cash register didn't automatically calculate the change that was due (and virtually everyone paid cash), so I had to be pretty quick at figuring out what money to give back. There were days of long line-ups that when I got home I would answer the phone "How may I help you?" or recite giving change in my sleep! Most of all, I learned about being responsible and working toward a goal. That job helped to pay for my university.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

Like a lot of people, I fell into a job after university working with a book wholesaler. I got involved in staff development, took some night classes and decided to pursue a career in Human Resources. I learned a lot in a short period, progressed fairly rapidly, and had some great experiences. Though I've led all facets of HR, people development drew me in the most, and I was itching to do more and in a different context. At the same time, I was juggling the demands of a senior role with single parenthood, and I knew something had to change. I took some personality assessments, hired a life coach to help me narrow down my options, and used the power of mindfulness to connect to what mattered most to me.

Working with my coach, I saw first-hand what was involved, and I confirmed my direction. I researched and selected an accredited coaching school, took some career counseling courses, got certified on a few more assessment tools, and started my journey as an independent practitioner. When I was an HR Director I had a recognition award called the Lighthouse, and that same theme is showing up now. I am the lighthouse for my clients, a beacon in turbulent waters and change, lighting the way to calm, clear, and confident. I'm on a mission to help other's find their calling, too, and to create a life they love.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

I'm not one for regrets. If I had the chance to give my younger self some advice, I would certainly tell her to spend more time exploring the career options, following her passions, and listen to her own voice (not her parents' views or what is practical or safe).

There are even more career choices available nowadays, and so many young people are struggling with deciding on a direction. I've had the opportunity to work with some high school students, and it's rewarding to see them charting a career path based on the insights they've had in our career assessment and coaching sessions.

It's never too late to make a change and create more happy Mondays. Working with mid or late career professionals to make a bold and brave choice to transition to a new career is equally satisfying. Life is short. Do what you love.

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

I do a lot of work with clients around visualization and vision boards, and I've spent a good amount of time envisioning my ideal life myself. Over the next 5 years, I want to scale my business and reach many more people. I'm creating online programs to do that, in addition to continuing to build a following through my article writing on major publications.

I'm involved in a book project this year, and my goal is to see my name on the spine of some great self-help books of my own!

Personally, my daughter inspires me to be the best mom possible. Over the coming formative years, I aspire to be that role model for her, showing her that you can be anything you want to be. Besides that, more travel is in our future, and Glorious Greece is on the top of my list!

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