2021 Coach Bio Headshots - Lisa

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

Named Top 15 Coaches In Indianapolis In 2022

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.

“I worked with Coach Lisa Allie through Ama La Vida for a little over five months for career coaching and was so grateful during this time to feel as though I always had someone in my corner. Lisa and ALV really did give insight which I would have struggled to find alone, and so I can say with confidence that my path to finding the work I really wanted was greatly supported by this coaching. ALV is definitely worth considering if you are trying to reach that next level!” – Tashia S.

“Ama La Vida coaching has been excellent and Lisa has provided a great service helping with my career change. I highly recommend them for career coaching.” – Josh C.

“I am in search of a new job for almost two years, as I am not happy where I work now. I believe I am in the wrong field. I was referred to Lisa and Ama La Vida from my counselor who highly recommended her. Lisa has tremendously help me as she has upgraded my resume, went over with me important details of how to have a successful interview and boost my confidence. This resume looks so professional and nothing like what I sent. Lisa is very patient, great listener and throughout our sessions she encouraged me to look into my strengths, and work in a positive mindset to move forward. I highly recommend Lisa as a career coach. I am very fortunate to work with her. Lisa has also updated my LinkedIn Account and I have been receiving requests for interviews. Thank you Lisa for everything!” – Kelly K.

“I came to Ama La Vida when I was really struggling in my career search. Lisa was so helpful, accessible and offered concrete strategic steps and advice. She was very encouraging and help me stick to my goals and objectives. I ended up getting a job offer of exactly what I was looking for. Great service and organization!” – Lindsey B.

“Ms. Lisa Allie is so helpful, positive, witty, and very professional in providing responsive services. She helped me find a way to think about my career and ponder what actions I need to take. She is wonderful and truly the best. Thank-You. Much Success.” – Kevin from California

“I got great help from ALV to enhance my resume and LinkedIn profile at a “Celebrity session”. It was very enjoyable to work with Lisa, and she made the process energizing and even a bit fun.” – Paul R.

“Lisa was amazing and I enjoyed my time working with her and being a part of the ALV family. From the sign-up to the final session. I was very pleased and satisfied with the level of service and care are given to me by Lisa and the ALV team.” – Shakayla S.

“I got clarity about where am I at in my life right now. I can see positive changes.” – Conny S.

“ALV is great to help you stay accountable in the job hunt. A really valuable asset for all of those in between jobs.” – Robert C.

“I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for the fantastic resume revamping and career coaching sessions we’ve had together recently. Your guidance and insights have been invaluable, and I’m truly appreciative of the time and effort you’ve invested in helping me shape my career path.

Your expertise and advice have given me a newfound clarity and direction, and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. I’m taking your suggestions to heart and am eager to put them into practice. However, I also understand the importance of gaining practical work experience to complement my skills and further enhance my marketability.

 Over the next couple of months, I plan to actively seek opportunities to gather this valuable work experience. I am confident that with your guidance, I will be better equipped to make informed decisions and take the necessary steps to achieve my career goals.

 I would like to express my intention to reconnect with you in the near future, once I’ve gained some work experience and have additional questions and insights to discuss. Your mentorship has been instrumental in my career development journey, and I believe that our continued collaboration will be highly beneficial.

Once again, thank you for your dedication and support. I’m excited about the path ahead and am grateful to have you as a resource and mentor.” – N.J.

“Lisa is amazing! She points out your strengths and is so supportive. I have met with her off and on for the past 8 months and she has been SO helpful. As many know, entering the job industry post college is difficult.  I highly recommend her.” – Leila M.