Masters in Organizational Leadership, Purdue University

Certified Professional Career Coach, Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches

Certified Professional Resume Writer, Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Purdue University

This is my story

Greetings! My name is Lisa Allie and I am honored to be a career and leadership coach at Ama La Vida. Though I would enjoy learning about you more, let me briefly share with you my unconventional career journey from entrepreneur to nonprofit professional to career coach. I hope my story will empower you to consider the endless possibilities in front of you as you decide the direction of your career path.

I began my career as an entrepreneur who knew nothing about owning a business. I bought a manual and five days of training from a dental staffing business because I thought becoming a dental recruiter would be a great adventure. I started the company with a very small office, very little capital, and no staff. In less than 10 years, the organization employed over 700 temporary employees at two locations. After I sold the business, I transitioned into a stay-at-home mom for two boys and three dogs.

When my children went to college, I did too. I earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University. Though I was one of the older students in the program, I certainly had the most fun! I also found that I am a true lifelong learner and enjoy continually discovering new skills. My degree enabled me to pivot from the staffing and recruiting industry to the nonprofit sector. I’ve had the privilege of fundraising for large and small organizations and publishing data on the root causes of homelessness in my community. I’ve also served as an interim Executive Director for a local homeless youth organization.

I am a risk taker and the word “can’t” is simply not in my vocabulary. I firmly believe that each of us has a passion and a purpose that should be uncovered and explored. As a recruiter, I’ve guided many professionals to more fulfilling opportunities. As a coach, I’ve helped individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries discover their strengths and abilities to confidently pursue their goals.

Are you ready to look for another job, change your career or become an entrepreneur? We can work together to implement tactics and strategies that will help you envision and pursue your next big adventure.

My Coaching Approach

Transformational change is defined as frame-breaking change that alters your current operating structure. Whether you are changing jobs, careers, entering into the gig economy or entrepreneurship, these are life changing events. Together, we will discover the direction you want to explore, with the understanding that the process is non-linear and you may discover a path or direction you had not initially considered. We will find your focus, explore your priorities, your strengths and past successes to create your direction, personal brand and plan your approach for reaching the goals you set forth.

Favorite Quote: “There is no passion to be found playing small; in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

What my clients say

“Lisa has added great value to my resume and job search by providing valuable insight, experience and knowledge of current trends. She is engaged and responsive and always warm and optimistic to talk with. I have referred Lisa to others who have also seen great value in her services.” ~Will T.

“Lisa coached me to advance my career to the next level. She had the unique sense to clearly articulate my strengths and the value I bring to any organization. She brings deep expertise in career development and management, as well as the corporate business arena. She is fun, focused, passionate, insightful, and focused on making a difference in her client’s careers. She is both a coach and skill builder. She goes way beyond just the tweaking of your resume or editing a cover letter. Lisa develops a tailored strategic plan of action just for you that builds the knowledge and skills you need to succeed and a plan for what you want to achieve.  Her positivity is infectious, and she instills that mindset into you.  I highly recommend Lisa as a career coach. She did an amazing job helping me to identify my strengths and key accomplishments and then put it together into a concise and compelling story. Lisa was everything I could have asked for in a career coach: insightful, knowledgeable, strategic, inspiring, and most of all effective.” ~Chris Sherwood

“I highly recommend working with Lisa if you are looking for a new career, especially if you are entering the work world later in life! The support she provided to me, including her generous help reworking my resume and cover letter, were invaluable. She has a real passion and dedication to her clients and helped me to identify my strengths and establish clear goals and effective strategies throughout my job search. Lisa has a great deal of expertise in working with nonprofit agencies and has a passion for supporting vulnerable populations. Her positive energy and compassionate nature pushed me to continue plugging along in my job search. She encouraged and lifted me up when jobs were scarce, which enabled me to eventually find my dream job in social work! Do NOT miss out on the opportunity to work with her!!” ~Polly L.

“THANK YOU!!!! I say those words with sincere gratitude. My situation left me feeling really lost, confused, and so much more that was beyond negative. You are a piece of the puzzle that has empowered me to rebuild my sense of self-worth.” ~Amie

“ALV Coaching uses a reflective practice & modern tools to coach one through career transitions. My coach helped me focus my next challenge and where it fits in with my skills, values, and interests. She also improved my résumé, cover letter, and interview skills. The online modules helped me to be more reflective, purposeful, and gave me the resources I needed to become successful in the job hunt!” – Aaron S.

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