About Liz

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Liz has led and seen start-ups and revitalizations from several angles: as a non-profit consultant (capacity building), as the President of the Yale Club of Phoenix, as a business owner, as a coach, and as a business/marketing consultant for up-in-coming artists.

Fall ’15-Spring ’16, she consulted with non-profits in Utah and DC during moments of incredible tension, as well as coached the Principal of a school as he took the reigns.

Liz served as the President of the Yale Club of Phoenix (fall ’13-fall ’15).  It’s Yale’s most culturally progressive Club.  When she stepped up, the cultural changes spurred by the acceptance of women, minorities and low income students to the university in ~1968 had finally surfaced in the Club, leaving it in need of a new way.  With the help of the Club’s leadership, she’s revitalized the dormant organization, completely updated its operations, financial model, and legal standing, adopted an underprivileged elementary school, and worked to ease the generational tension that had left the Club paralyzed.

  • The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) asked Liz to create a process outline for the Club’s 501-c3 application process and used this document for the entirety of the 501-c3 lecture at the 2015 AYA Presidents’ Summit.
  • Teach for America, the organization the Club adopted the school through, also asked Liz for a process outline (2015), as they’d never seen an organization have such a school-wide impact so quickly. They’re hoping other corporations and organizations will use the Club’s work as a model.

Liz coached individuals (life coaching based in emotional intelligence) between 2012 and 2015.  She was asked to contribute to The Good Men Project (over 1.5 million viewers each week visit this website discussing what it means to be a good man in the 21st century), and wrote “Perfect vs. Real: How to Enjoy Our Partners’ Imperfections” (6/20/14).

From, 2009-2011 she consulted with Phoenix artists, providing business know-how to a community where making a living from their work is incredibly difficult.

Her first internship project (Strategic Planning Matrix) under the Chairman of the Board of Melbourne, Australia’s community-run TV station gave her familiarity with organizations and all their moving parts (2006).  And she heard stories about the organization’s board and its history–things the chairman was proud of and moments he wish he’d handled differently.

Around that time, Liz also did extensive international travel, five continents.  On four of which she did study abroad.

The Past: Liz is from Scottsdale, AZ, and after finding resonance in her first psychology class (Oxford ’01), she studied Psychology and Emotional Intelligence at Yale (’07), where she was a D-1 Springboard Diver training with the Olympics in mind.  Her interest in business and leadership began in college.   In 2005, she read Keith Ferrazzi’s “Never Eat Alone” and had an airplane conversation with a man who developed and grew small to mid-sized businesses.  It was all too cool!  So she took “Corporate Board of Directors.”

The Present: She currently serves as the Director of Educational Outreach for the Yale Club of Phoenix and is a member of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXXI, Vitalyst Health Foundation’s CAN Forums (Change Agent Network), and Arizona Organization Development Network. She’s also a Certified Facilitator (ToPs, Institute of Cultural Affairs) and a member of two Toastmasters Clubs.

Foundational Research:

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

The Tipping Point and Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Speed of Trust, by Steven M. R. Covey

The Mentee’s Guide, by Lois Zachary

Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben and Jerry’s, by Brad Edmondson

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer, by Jeffrey K. Liker

The Seventh Sense, by Joshua Cooper Ramo

And a great number of teleseminars, webinars, TedTalks, online conferences, and professional learning events focused on marketing, leadership, engagement, change management, storytelling, etc.