Learn, Grow, Thrive
When searching for a career coach, business consultant/trainer, or pageant coach, your goal should be to find the most highly qualified person; someone who has “been there, done that.” Career Woman, Inc. is a Seattle-based career coaching and consulting agency founded by the #1 expert in women’s careers, Lisa Quast, a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former Fortune 500 executive and award-winning author and blogger.
Career Woman, Inc. is a top choice for women who strive to grow professionally, maximize their job potential, resolve a workplace issue, develop a new career path, or for any company that needs a business consultant to help them develop their company or their talent. Lisa’s expert and firsthand guidance followed by an actionable step-by-step plan delivers proven results.
Lisa’s dedication to the advancement of women in business and the achievement of women’s personal and professional aspirations led her to found Career Woman, Inc. in 2005 to offer Career Coaching, Business Consulting, and Pageant Coaching based on her own experiences.
Lisa’s unique approach and successful results have propelled her to the forefront of issues related to women in the workplace. She is a weekly columnist for Forbes.com and The Seattle Times, a frequent contributor to nationally published articles, and a sought-after speaker. Lisa is a certified executive coach and has a top-rated female focused career blog, winner of the 2012 and 2010 Stevie Awards for “Blog of the Year.” Lisa is also the award-winning non-fiction author of the books, “Your Career, Your Way!” and “Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach.”
Career Coaching and Business Consulting
Lisa spent over 20 years climbing the career ladder in corporate America with career success in traditionally male-dominated companies/industries and 8 years as a business consultant. She has completed projects around the world in the areas of strategic & tactical planning, organization structure & design, marketing & communications, sales, service, operations, business development, pricing, process improvement, talent development, organizational training, and pre-acquisition analysis & acquisition integration. Examples of Lisa’s management positions include Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning for a Fortune 500 healthcare corporation, Vice President of Global Service Marketing, Senior Director of Marketing, Director of Business Development, Director of Operations, and General Manager. Lisa’s extensive business background (combined with her three college degrees, three certifications, and on-going educational pursuits) has given her the unique ability to coach clients and provide consulting services in almost every department within a company. Read more about Lisa’s professional background on her LinkedIn profile.
Lisa is the award-winning non-fiction author of “Your Career, Your Way!” (winner of 5 book awards) and “Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach” (winner of 9 book awards). She is also the author of several Career Savvy e-books available on Kindle and Nook. Lisa has been quoted as a career development and workplace issues expert in 600+ articles, from The Wall Street Journal to CBS Moneywatch to Time Business, has had 825+ articles published and had her career development expertise included in 5 books by other authors. Lisa won the 2012 and 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business for “Blog of the Year“, is a career development blogger for Forbes.com and The Seattle Times and is a sought-after professional speaker/organizational trainer.
Lisa is an acclaimed pageant coach, guiding women through the nuances and complexities of pageants to stand out among the contestants and win. She is a graduate of three modeling academies and an advanced acting program, has modeled professionally (runway, print and television) as a petite model, and has competed in and won scholarships and awards in pageants at the local, state and national level. As a former competitive gymnast, bodybuilder, runner and personal trainer, Lisa is also uniquely qualified to help contestants prepare for the swimsuit/fitness portions of pageants.
Lisa’s experience climbing the corporate career ladder, her background as a certified career coach and her skills as a professional speaker give her unique insight, allowing her to teach skills (interview skills, answering impromptu questions and image management) that translate from the pageant world into her coachees’ future careers.
Education and Training
Lisa earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Management/Human Resources Management (4.0 GPA), a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (4.0 GPA) and an Associate of Applied Science in Marketing (4.0 GPA). She completed an executive certificate program in Mergers and Acquisitions from Stanford Business School, two executive certificate programs at the Wharton School of Business (Strategic Pricing and Leading Organizational Change) and a certificate program in Fiction Writing from the University of Washington.
Lisa is also a certified Green Belt in Six Sigma Process Improvement, a Certified Executive Coach, a Certified Scrum Master (facilitator for Agile project teams) and has completed more than 30 management training courses focused on three areas: Project Management, Leadership and Business Law.
Lisa’s Community Service – Women Helping Women
As Lisa progressed into executive management roles, she was surprised at how often she encountered situations where women tried to undermine her. Because of this, she created the Wing To Wing Women’s Mentoring Project where she encourages women to mentor other women and to consider them allies instead of enemies. Lisa has provided 74 free career development/mentoring seminars for women and authored a free mentoring guide. One of Lisa’s favorite quotes on this topic was when Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, said at a women’s conference, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Whether you need to take control of your own career or gain insight on a sticky situation, Career Woman, Inc. can help.
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