What CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Brad Graw, Orthopedic Surgeon and Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA
As I was looking to sound board with someone during a career “tack” my first question to Lisa was whether she had worked with men and physicians before. While she had, I quickly realized that the answer to these questions didn’t really matter. Lisa’s program is ideal for anyone looking to live a life of healthy self-examination, continued personal growth, and purpose. And by the way, more guys could probably benefit from the practical mindfulness training that is weaved through Lisa’s program as they strike the best balance for all the parts of their life.
Madhu Punjabi, Product Manager, Pinterest
Lisa came into my life when I was at my lowest. I was wandering through life aimlessly without intent. Through the course of 2 months, I worked with Lisa to remind myself what's important, what I want, and how I can live more intentionally to work towards my life goals. She's an incredible listener and is able to synthesize your thoughts to draw patterns and bring forth your true self.
I starting working with Lisa during a significant professional transition as I was closing in on a million plus dollar investment and navigating a promotion to equity partner. Lisa helped me step back and gain clarity on the best next steps so that I could not only get what I wanted, but become a stronger (& less stressed) manager and leader in the process. I recommend Lisa highly and was pleased to see big changes come from just five working sessions together.
Shannon Hughes, Realtor, San Francisco, Ca
Lisa gave me the gift of calm. As simple as it sounds, she reminded me how crucial it is to slow down and be more present. There was an innate sense of urgency when it came to all tasks related to running my business, and Lisa reminded me that not every call or email is an emergency. As I worked with her to uncover my goals, values and vision for success, it became clear my husband and daughter were number one and together we laid out my plan for sustainable, healthy professional and personal growth in order to maintain balance and experience more enriched time with my family. Thanks to Lisa I’m a better mom, wife and Realtor!
Amanda Crosby-Rickman, Senior Manager, Palo Alto, Ca
Lisa has been incredibly influential in both my professional career advancement and personal growth and development. Not only was she an intelligent resource to lean on as I dealt with difficult situations with leaders and peers in my organization, but she also helped me focus and define what I want out my life and provided me with great tools to move forward with these priorities. Her emphasis on mindfulness was powerful in becoming more centered in all aspects of my life.
Sarah Larcker, Vice President, Account Planning at Digitas Health, San Francisco, CA
Like many women striving for success in my career, I read “Lean In.” I found it inspiring but also daunting. My first thought was: “How in the world am I supposed to lean in any harder than I already am?” I came across an article from Lisa and Vanessa entitled “How to lean in without burning out,” and knew this was exactly the questions I was trying to answer myself. This is how I found the MBA course, and I’m glad I did. Lisa and Vanessa gave me the tools to gain clarity on what I really want in my life, and (just as importantly) to pursue them in a sustainable, easier, effective way. As someone who has always thought that self-sacrifice is the only real way to achieve big goals, this course was a wake-up call that helped me think differently. I admit that I was very skeptical at first, having dismissed ideas about the importance of mindfulness and meditation in the past. It was a leap for me to sign up for MBA, but I’m very glad I did. You will be too.
Amber Horton, Finance/Patent Litigation, San Francisco, CA
If you are ready to dive in head first, and get your career on the right track…work with Lisa! She is a great listener, is patient, thoughtful and thorough in walking clients through their biggest challenges or simple idiosyncrasies. Her insights and methods provide a strong platform for one to evaluate their own approach and then to make adjustments leading to long term change and growth. Worth every penny. Truly a catalyst for transformation and success. I strongly recommend taking the plunge!
Elizabeth Conrady, San Francisco, CA
Lisa and Vanessa have truly cracked the code on how to “lean in” without burning out. They teach simple formulas for creating a life of accomplishment and purpose without sacrificing well-being. Lisa and Vanessa are personable, authentic and wise, and their program is simply amazing. “Success with ease” is now my new motto in life.
Lauren Struck, New York, NY
I was looking for a new job while while participating in the online MBA program and, through the exercises and meditations, was able to clearly define what I wanted out of my next job and how I wanted it to fit into the rest of my life. The course helped me be patient with the job search process and stay focussed on the opportunities that aligned with my goals. I highly recommend the MBA program to anyone seeking clarity in the midst of a life transition
Sarah Hawkins, Sydney, Australia
Before completing the online MBA program, I truly believed anxiety, perfectionism and fear of failure were giving me my edge and driving my success. I was a firm believer that hard work and personal sacrifice were prerequisites for achieving my goals. So you can imagine how relieved I was to discover there is an easier way! Lisa and Vanessa have given me the tools and strategies I've been searching for to replace negative drivers with positive motivators, without losing my edge. The techniques in the MBA program are backed by science. And Lisa, Vanessa and the MBA graduates are living proof that it is possible to lean in without burning out.
Erika Edelson, Retail Executive, San Francisco, CA
I signed up for the MBA program during a professional and personal transition. I needed clarity on what I wanted, and then simple tools to help me reach these goals. Vanessa and Lisa’s program led me to accomplish both of my objectives, and so much more, in just 6 weeks! Their classes and at-home exercises helped me to define my values, goals, and dreams, some of which had been buried for years. Their insights and tips truly made me feel “un-stuck” and allowed me to move forward and accomplish things. One week after I completed the program, I accomplished my first goal! I practice what I learned from Vanessa and Lisa daily, and I am so excited to see how and when the rest of my dreams unfold. Take this class - you won’t regret it!
Katherine Harbin Clammer, Source Capital, LLC, San Francisco, CA
I cannot stop talking to all my friends about this class and only wish it had lasted longer than 10 weeks. Lisa and Vanessa bring an amazing combination of research, data and personal experience to teach this material in a way that makes it both simple to understand and a joy to attempt. I always knew I should meditate, but it felt hard and intimidating. Lisa and Vanessa have a gift for making it fun and easy and also for giving us assignments that felt manageable – not just one more overwhelming thing on the “to-do” list. I would highly recommend this class and would happily take a level two class should they offer one.
Colleen Dupuis, Account Executive, Box, San Francisco, CA
Before taking this course I never really thought about, or believed in meditation and affirmations. I didn't understand how to truly look within, or challenge the subconscious limitations I was placing on myself. This course has opened my eyes and mind to a whole new view of my life. It's given me tools to better understand my feelings and fears, while helping me address self-limiting behaviors and beliefs. To anyone who feels like there is something missing, this course is for you. Mindfulness Based Achievement has started me on the path to obtaining true happiness in all aspects of my life.
Nathalie Corredor, Google, San Francisco, CA
The MBA Program helped me hone in on the specific goals I want to achieve and made me realize that those goals are completely possible and within my control. I can have everything I want and get it in an easier way. I recommend this program to anyone who feels stuck or limited in any way.
Jessica Goldman Foung, Author, San Francisco, CA
I seriously believe in positive thinking and the power of the mind and spirit. But I have to admit that I've never been a huge believer in goal boards. I love crafts; but I just don't see how a session of magazine snipping and glueing can lead to accomplishing my goals.Thankfully, though, I also happen to have an open mind. I completed my goal board assignment while taking the MBA course. Cut. Glue. Done. And then I forgot all about it.
Six months later, while updating my professional media kit, I copied and pasted the Food Network logo to my press page. And all of a sudden I realized, HOLY SH*T, that logo was front and center on my goal board during the MBA class. I didn't even remember putting it there. And even more amazing, I didn't even reach out to Food Network -- they actually reached out to me. All within 6 months of that little craft session. Cut. Glue. Goal come true.
So It's official, I'm a believer and a contributing writer for Food Network. Goal boards work. You guys rock. And your class is seriously life changing.
Mehrdad Azim, Senior Producer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA
Lisa and Vanessa are teachers and pathfinders empowering a new generation of leaders and planting the seeds for a better world ....go ahead and give Mindfulness Based Achievement a try one can never lose by learning and growing.
As we travel the path of life it has been my experience that yes the destination and the awareness of the path are important......but what really counts is what we become during the journey. And mindfulness is a great tool to frame that perception ....there is great wisdom and power to simply observer without criticism .....and allowing compassion for all to grow within ones heart.
Elizabeth Hart, Vice President, Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, San Francisco, CA
The MBA Program gives you the tools and support to dream bigger and realize your limitless potential. Through thoughtful programming MBA helps unlock what has been holding you back and what you need to confidently move forward. While the program can be challenging at times as you dive into your beliefs and fears, there is also a lot of laughter and fun around realizing how powerful these tools are and how quickly you can manifest situations in your life. More than anything, Lisa and Vanessa have created an environment that fosters a loving and encouraging group dynamic that helps celebrate all that is wonderful and special in each individual. I’d highly recommend this program.
Kate Botler, Senior Manager of People at Lyft, San Francisco, CA
The MBA Program offered an exercise that fostered unimaginable personal growth; it was truly a life-changing experience. The group dynamic provided a safe haven to explore what was missing in your life but more importantly it provided a network of women to show you how wonderful you are! By sharing my fears and self-imposed limitations to a group of like-minded supporters, I learned how to accept them, combat them and ultimately benefit from them. During the Program, I accepted a dream job (and negotiated well :)), I found a meaningful romance and I realized my goal of traveling alone to learn how to surf. It's hard to believe that this is only the beginning but I now know that happiness, satisfaction and ease are boundless.
Kristin Pech, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting, San Francisco, CA
Anyone who struggles with: perfectionism, time management, anxiety and/or just feels a little lost should explore Mindfulness Based Achievement. I was so “busy” before taking the MBA program, I “didn’t have time” to take care of myself, much less understand what it is that I truly want, explore new opportunities and start taking steps toward achieving those goals (with ease!). With each class, I found more clarity around my values and goals and:
- As my fears began to surface, I learned how to acknowledge and release/replace beliefs that are no longer serving me.
- As my relationship with time transformed, I found myself feeling more productive and less stressed.
- As my awareness of my emotions grew, I began to acknowledge and breathe through the difficult and be fully present in the joyful parts of life.
The program has been a wonderful reawakening for me. I feel reconnected to my power and creativity and I am committed to the daily practices that bring compassion, gratitude and joy into my life, career and marriage.
Jennifer, Senior Associate Attorney, Marin, CA
Mindfulness Based Achievement is a wonderful experience both for beginners to the concept of mindfulness as well as seasoned mindful practitioners. Part of the magic of the MBA program is the sacred space created by both Lisa and Vanessa. There is something incredibly powerful about women coming together, sharing, experiencing, and manifesting in a circle. I personally felt extremely supported during my MBA classes and I also really enjoyed supporting my fellow participants. Vanessa and Lisa provide you with a toolbox of techniques, affirmations, and exercises to really illuminate their MBA teachings.
Maya Katherine, Film-Maker, San Francisco, CA
I participated in the MBA program during the first round of fundraising for my short film 'Never Too Late'. It was a potentially stressful time for me, but the tools I took from this course were so helpful in creating a space for me to make progress. I raised $15k, shared a piece on SF's local NPR station, and took great action steps toward completing the production of the film. It became very clear to me that things did not have to be complicated, difficult or filled with anxiety. I took lots of deep breaths, got much work done and even hosted my mother in town for 10 days with ease and joy. Vanessa and Lisa are masters in their fields and the group of women they brought together were brilliant, supportive and inspiring. The only regret I have in taking this course is that it did not last longer. Thank you Vanessa and Lisa for your immense kindness and dedication to bringing this important work to the world"
Maura Jeffery, Airbnb Inc, San Francisco, CA
The MBA program helped me realized that no dream is unattainable as long as I take responsibility for my actions and make a commitment to myself. I might not be 100% sure of what my true dreams are but I have a better picture of where I want to get to and how I want to get there and this program was a big part (and still is) of the discovery process.
Lauren Noël, Director Talent Management Initiatives, ICEDR, Boston, MA
I found the Mindfulness Based Achievement workshop to be life changing. In our “go, go, go” and “busy” culture, I found it highly useful to take the time to reflect. The session taught me to be more mindful of my reactions to challenging situations. Lisa and Vanessa’s productivity strategies are very helpful – I am now able to achieve more in a shorter period of time. After only a 75 minute MBA workshop, I walked away with a refreshed mindset and strategies that I could apply to my work and personal life right away.
Marketing Manager at One Kings Lane, San Francisco, CA
After learning about taking responsibility for setting boundaries and making a commitment to setting more realistic deadlines, things have gotten easier to balance at work and I've held my ground more. It's happening in baby steps, but I have started to set more realistic timing and push back when I need to -- and you're right, no one really notices or cares as much as I thought they would. Amazing how much I've let my own perceptions dictate what I think others are expecting of me as well.
Lizabeth Pollack, Esq., San Francisco, CA
The Mindfulness Based Achievement course provides an invaluable roadmap for realizing your full potential and shedding preexisting and self-imposed obstacles to achieving your goals. In a nurturing and empowering environment, Lisa and Vanessa provide the tools to recognizing patterns of behavior that prevent us from being the fully-realized individuals that we long to be. This program was truly transformative. By working through the rituals and steps that the process entails, I am now more confident, assured and excited about what the future holds than I have ever felt before. I realized through my journey as a student of the MBA program that the tools I need to achieve my goals already exist within me, and that the best thing you can do to cultivate those goals is to take accountability and recognize changes that YOU can make in your thinking and behavior to confidently move in the direction of the life you dream of.
Kim Nicol, Applied Mindfulness & Meditation, San Francisco, CA
I'm navigating a major transition in my life, and even though I teach mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, I learned so much in the MBA program and had so much fun along the way! Having Lisa and Vanessa's guidance, plus the support of the other women in this program, made all the difference for me. I tend to take on too much by myself, and struggle to ask for help when I need it. This program was just what I needed to help me move forward.