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How She Did It: Lisa Erlich

Updated: May 6, 2022

Each month we feature inspirational women who've made it to the other side of career change. Learn how they did it and take away usable tips from their professional journeys!

Meet Lisa Erlich, learning and development leader, strategic and creative Innovator, relationship builder, and change enabler.

Her superpower? Connecting business needs with individual’s goals, giving them what they need to succeed, and finding that "ah-ha" moment!

A Reinvention Collective alumnae, Lisa is thriving in her new role as Director of Learning and Development at Devo. We're thrilled for Lisa and her exciting new chapter!

Read on to be inspired and find out how she did it.

What is your personal mantra, mission, or manifesto? Always look at the whole picture

What is unique about returning/pivoting in midlife? Challenges & opportunities? I actually pivoted in my career over a decade ago, but after being with one company for 17 years, I had lost the ability to speak about myself and couldn't verbally communicate my strengths.

What’s one intention you have for your work this year? Be open to new ideas, the more voices the better.

What are you most passionate about right now? I recently joined a technology company with a small percentage of female employees. I'm focused on helping the women in my organization identify their strengths, find their voices, and show up ready to succeed.

What does a typical day look like for you? I'm up early to exercise before the sun (and the kids). I work from home so once the kids are gone, I move into my home office and start my day. My mornings are full because I usually have calls with teammates in Madrid. Then I can get down to building out Learning Experiences that support the organization's growth goals.

After work I start my next job -- chauffeur, cook, whatever the evening calls for (sometimes everything at once). I wind down with a good book!

What’s the one thing that has advanced your career in the last year? Faith in myself. I was out of work for a few months. The position I have now is exactly what I wanted. It was worth the wait.

Who’s your “tribe” when it comes to professional inspiration or support? My former coworkers. When I was down on myself, I went back to the people who knew me at my best. Keep those people in your life.

Favorite book, app, or podcast? My favorite book is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. It's beautifully written.

You’re granted an extra hour in the day, how do you spend it? At the spahhhh!

The advice I wish I had given to my 20-year-old self is… Don't doubt yourself. Have more faith in your worth.

The advice that I want to give to my 75-year-old self is... Look back and be proud of everything you've done in your life.

Your theme song that played every time you walked in a room would be? Walking on Sunshine

Best career advice for other women? Have faith in yourself, leverage your superpowers and rely on your tribe.

When did you feel you got “you” back? When I was able to let go of the self-doubt.

What’s up next? Crushing it -- building fun, engaging, and valuable learning experiences for all!


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