Meet Lisa Martin
After working in the business world for 25+ years and being a mother for more than 20, I've discovered the core skills required for great leadership. I’ve managed teams, been the youngest and only female partner in a national firm, owned my own companies, and written 5 books on leadership.
My coaching, training, and consulting solutions help world-class organizations cultivate strong leaders and cultures. Clients like HSBC, PwC, TELUS, and Time Warner, have described me as a 'phenomenal
facilitator,' 'straight-shooting guide’ and 'no-nonsense coach.’ I care deeply about my clients and am happiest helping them get results.
I live by the water with my husband, son, and two cats that act like toddlers. Hiking in the woods, stand up paddleboarding, and sipping on a Grey Goose martini are my favourite recreational pursuits.
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An experienced, certified coach
I believe coaching has the power to transform leaders one behavior at a time. I've come to know that asking powerful questions and practicing mindful listening is the key to unlocking someone's potential. I am a thought-partner and confidant to leaders on their way to or occupying the C-Suite. We collaborate to determine key behaviour changes needed to lead themselves, others, and their organizations more effectively and impactfully. My strength is to see big-picture business and human issues and offer insight that helps leaders to thrive personally and professionally. I hold two coaching designations -- Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Stakeholder Centered Coaching (SCC).
A developer of leadership & culture programs
I'm a fan of simplicity and clarity when it comes to strategy, culture, and leadership. I know if strategy, leadership, and culture are defined in a complex manner, it results in confusion and missed opportunities. I help organizations design clear, compelling leadership and culture frameworks. I've evaluated, refined, and operationalized team and company cultures. I've designed and facilitated 100's of leadership development programs in-person and online. And, I've licensed my programs to many organizations which, in turn, have delivered the content to employees worldwide.
An advocate of gender balanced leadership
I'm an intersectional feminist and believe in equality for all people. I'm fuelled by my vision that all leaders, particularly those who identify as female, achieve the position, power, and pay they desire. I'm passionate about overcoming the biases and barriers affecting women in the workplace. I support organizations to better balance their leadership pipelines and tables to realize improved bottom-line results. I'm a Co-Founder, with Jennifer Deane, of PromoteHer, which increases the overall promotability of women leaders. And I'm the creator of the Coaching For Female Leaders App that provides on-demand resources for women leading teams and organizations.
A best-selling author & speaker
I'm a creator at heart. I have huge respect for people who put their art out into the world. For me, sharing my creative ideas has been one of the most vulnerable things I've done (with the exception of being a parent). I've written 5 books on leadership, including the best-seller Briefcase Moms. I've presented countless webinars, conference keynotes, and breakouts on leadership to audiences ranging from 10 to 10,000. I've been a source for journalists, podcasters, and bloggers. I've even created and produced my own podcast. But the most nerve-wracking thing I ever did was host a TV pilot called Maxed Out On Time.
A volunteer & board member
I believe in giving back. I've volunteered for a variety of non-profits, associations, and conferences. I've been the president of an industry association, a board member for multiple organizations, and led many committees and special projects. I've volunteered my time as a mentor, speaker, and event organizer for a variety of business, human resource, and women's leadership groups, including HR Tech, HRMA, ICF, Minerva, WCT, Women in Engineering, WIT, We for She, WNorth, and VBOT. I've also been nominated by peers for awards that recognize women's contributions, such as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Influential Women in Business, and YWCA’s Women of Distinction.
If you'd like to know more, please view my LinkedIn profile.
We used Lisa's LEAD program at Teekay and were impressed with how well designed and easy to implement it was. It comes with terrific ebooks, assessments, guides, and train-the-trainer materials. It is a great core or add-on leadership program to offer.
As an executive coach, Lisa profoundly supported my leadership growth for two years as I navigated a new role. I looked forward to our monthly sessions where she would listen and ask me important questions that helped me address my own challenges. I appreciated how her approach was to empower me to take full responsibility for my leadership growth.
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Catch me on Maxed Out on Time!
Lisa’s Lead + Live Better™ Intensive program is insightful, educational, and entertaining. The material is extremely well organized. Sessions left me energized and excited to try out new ideas on how to improve myself and my leadership skills. I recommend this course to anyone who wishes to improve their work and personal life.
Lisa's webinar was a bit hit. Our 9,000+ audience gave it very high marks: 97% rated the session as Good/Very Good and 98% said the presenter’s presentation style was Good/Very Good.