Legal Consulting Services

If you want to retain my services as a legal consultant, please contact me for details.

Many times when someone contacts me for what they think is legal consulting, what they really need is a business coach to help them make some tough business decisions. However, there are limited situations where you may indeed need legal assistance.

“My business coaching session with Lisa was amazing! Her knowledge of law helped me feel so much more powerful and and educated about my options with regard to choosing the right business name to “brand” my business going forward. I finally understand how the entire trademarking process works! And now I have the business name that I want, one that captures my brand, and one that no other business shares. What a relief! !” ~ Katie Mazzocco,

I “officially” left the practice of law years ago, but still do select legal consulting work for clients in specific areas, such as business incorporation, drafting of contracts/agreements, trademark filing, and sexual harassment and anti-discrimination awareness and training.

“Worked with awesome Lisa Montanaro who helped me trademark “A CLEAR PATH” – it was a seamless process, Lisa is really knowledgeable and walked me through the many questions and potential obstacles. I am breathing easier knowing my brand is safe.” ~ Regina Lark,

I am very selective about taking any legal consulting work. If I feel the project is not a good match for me, I will refer you to an attorney in my Golden Rolodex. If the issue can be resolved without legal representation, I will advise you of that also.

“I so appreciate the business coaching for legal matters that you did with me. Our discussion provided clarity for me in dealing with a legal issue I’ve been grappling with for several years–something left over from my past career. And you also provided a valuable perspective on a legal matter related to my organizing business and helped me figure out what next steps to take. Your experience and qualifications as both an attorney and an organizer are a terrific combination that truly helped me. Thanks so much.” ~ Janine Adams, Peace of Mind Organizing, St. Louis, MO –

Take Action

Contact me by email or set up a Discovery Call so that I can determine if your issue is indeed legal in nature, or more in line with a business decision. If your issue is one I can directly assist with, then we can book a Strategy Session or VIP Intensive to tackle it together.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
~ e.e. cummings

Does this describe you?

  • You want to reignite the passion for your work.
  • You would love to leap into a new career if only you had the guts to jump ship.
  • You want to become the leader in your career that is deep inside of you yearning to step into his or her power.
Well, you can!

Reinventing yourself in the workplace and in your career is possible. I will show you how to play to your strengths, discover your passions, and own your power and confidence as you plan your next career move.

I have years of experience coaching individuals on career issues, both from my background as an employment lawyer and by serving as a freelance career consultant for several law schools and on a freelance basis.  I’ve had the pleasure of assisting individuals with varied careers, including lawyers, rabbis, professional musicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and financial services professionals to name a few.

“I have known Lisa Montanaro for five years. Since meeting her, she has served as a career coach and mentor to me. Because of her extensive experience and knowledge, I have always valued her opinion and insight. She seems to always have a solution. In fact, Lisa just assisted me in applying for a position that I received an offer for. Her help was invaluable from application to interview to negotiating an offer. I start my new job next month and am thrilled! I am fortunate to have met her.”  ~ Sheila, Middletown, NY

Career Transition and Job Search

Some people change careers by choice and others by necessity. If you are ready for change, you are not alone. Pursue what you REALLY want to do!

Take the first steps toward a career or business that best complements your unique abilities and interests, one that provides meaning and fulfillment so you wake up saying, “I LOVE what I do!”

Dust off the ideas you’ve pushed to the back of your mind – you know the ones (e.g., starting your own business, becoming a veterinarian, making a career of travel, transitioning to the non-profit sector, etc.). Whatever that dream is, let’s make it happen.

Career transition and job search services include:

  • Self assessment (values, interests, personality and skills), strengths identification, and finding a satisfying career role.
  • Navigating career transitions in and out of the workplace.
  • Research of jobs, industries, and potential employers.
  • Identifying and building a personal brand for success.
  • Developing an effective professional toolkit: resumes, CVs, cover letters, and thank you letters.
  • Honing professional image and effective communication techniques.
  • Perfecting your elevator pitch and marketing yourself in the job search.
  • Building and nurturing professional networks and relationships.
  • Strategies for work-life balance.
  • Leaving a traditional job to launch a business.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Post–interview follow-up.

“Thank you again for your career coaching guidance. It helped me put a lot of thought into the places I was applying. I realized that it is critical to “believe in” what I am doing. Yes, office work is office work, but at the end of the day, I have to feel I am doing something worthwhile.  I ended up with three interviews scheduled in one week and two offers coming in on the same day! The job I wound up accepting is a perfect fit. And you hear it over and over today, but even though I am making less money, I am happier.  The thought process that you helped me with really steered me in this direction. Otherwise I would most likely just have repeated history, taken the better paying job and eventually found myself dissatisfied. Thanks again for everything.” ~ Heidi, Beacon, NY

Professional Development  & Growth

Take your professional and leadership abilities to the next level. Expand your experience in areas such as change management, employee relations, and team dynamics.

Explore new communication, management, and leadership skills that will increase your effectiveness, engage and empower you (and your staff if you have one!), and exceed expectations.

Professional Development & Growth services include:

  • Executive coaching for supervisors and leaders.
  • Identifying and building a personal brand for success.
  • Coaching on job satisfaction.
  • Productivity consulting, including time management and streamlining personal systems.
  • Honing professional poise and effective communication techniques.
  • Perfecting your elevator pitch for your career and current position.
  • Building and nurturing professional networks and relationships.
  • Strategies for work/life balance.
  • Effectively navigating office conflict.
  • Setting and achieving goals for your career and position.
  • Etiquette for business professionals, including poise, image, wardrobe, and cultural protocol.
  • Interview and public speaking coaching.
  • Developing leadership techniques for emerging professionals

Be sure to visit the Corporate/Organizational Consulting page for more information about coaching and consulting services for business professionals, and the Speaking page for information on speaking and training workshops offered in the workplace.

Take Action

Career & Professional Development Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

You can book a Strategy Session online if you know you want a targeted session and are ready to get started.

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you want to explore longer term options, such as VIP Intensives or my Platinum Level Coaching Programs, then let’s set up a Discovery Call to see what is the best match for you at this time.

Success Life Coaching

Are you ready to live an inspired and passionate life, one that you truly love? Unveil your talents and strengths, tap into your passions and interests, and clarify priorities in your life.  Explore exciting and empowering possibilities, overcome limiting beliefs and mindsets, and achieve your goals.

If you are at a crossroads, need guidance and someone to help you focus and achieve results, then consider working with me as your Success Coach!  We can do a one-time session to work on a specific issue, or ongoing coaching to implement many changes and provide you with an accountability partner on your team.

Each person’s life/success coaching needs are unique.

Clients use Success/Life Coaching to assist with major life transitions, to juggle the myriad responsibilities and challenges faced daily, to up their game and fully embrace life, and to reach higher levels of success.  Success/Life Coaching is a great combination of examining habits and behaviors to help you shift your thinking and mind set, mixed with concrete action steps to help you implement and move forward.

Success/Life Coaching can be used for:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Speaker/Presentation Coaching (see Speaking page for more details on Coaching for Speakers)
  • Financial Goals
  • Health & Fitness Goals
The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to live a successful and passionate life!

“I thoroughly enjoyed our session today and feel so fortunate to have found you. For anyone who’s considering a session with Lisa, you should treat yourself to it as a matter of self care. My anxiety has been reduced exponentially — I believe I am now headed for success! Lisa, you’re amazing!” ~ Cecelia, Teaneck, NJ

How Does Success/Life Coaching Really Work?

Here’s the Real Deal — We are going to take off the outer layer and peek inside at the real you and what you really want… that is the only way to get amazing results. I am ready to dig deep to find the raw you and come with a non-judgmental, supportive attitude to support you in whatever it is that you want to work on.  That is the ONLY way for coaching to really work… otherwise, you hold back, or are trying to impress me (or yourself), or are “on.”  Many people hide from their true power under the guise of protecting yourself, but that takes more work, and is inauthentic and often, just plain fake!  I am very good at helping people feel that coaching is a safe place to be yourself and remind my clients that they have nothing to prove to me, and everything — including more happiness, authenticity, and success — to gain.  A coaching session involves questioning, talking, and listening — real active listening — a deep conversation.  Use me for answers, guidance, support, collaboration … the works.  Don’t hold back.  What happens in our session stays in our session!

Take Action

Success/Life Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

If you know you want a targeted session and are ready to get started, then go ahead and book a Strategy Session online.

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you want to explore longer term options, such as VIP Intensives or my Platinum Level Coaching Programs, then Discovery Call to see what is the best match for you at this time.

Related Products, Programs & Services to Support You:

Are you interested in becoming a professional organizer? Are you an organizer who strives to take your business to the next level? Do you need assistance with business planning, marketing, and other issues that entrepreneurs struggle with?

A large percentage of my client base over years has been, and continues to be, professional organizers. I provide coaching to those who aspire to become professional organizers, and for organizers at every level.  I LOVE coaching, consulting and training my peer organizing colleagues throughout the US and beyond. The industry has grown by leaps and bounds, and has become more “professional” than ever before. It is an exciting time to run an organizing business.

As an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), a Golden Circle member of NAPO, the moderator of the Ask the Organizer Panel for three years at the annual conference, and a frequent speaker at NAPO annual, regional and chapter events, I am blessed to be a leader in the organizing industry.  I know what it takes to be a successful professional organizer, and to be a thriving entrepreneur.  I still run an organizing business and use team members that are independent contractors to service my hands-on clients.  I am open about my journey as a business owner and professional organizer, and share my lessons learned freely with my professional organizer colleagues, many of whom are my clients.

As a professional organizer, decade-long successful business owner, trainer of entrepreneurs, and former practicing attorney, I am uniquely qualified to offer high-level business coaching and consulting to professional organizers.

Cena_Black-200x300“I’m proud to say that Lisa is someone I consider to be a role model and mentor in the professional organizing/productivity consulting industry. She has been instrumental in my business decision making and growth. Her background in law and running her own solo-preneur business is incredibly valuable. She is extremely intelligent, very experienced in all areas that organizers/productivity consultants need to attend to, and she is an incredibly conscientious and generous listener.

When I was new to the industry, I felt a conflict and hesitation in paying for someone to answer my questions – but I have grown to shift my paradigm. The guidance of a mentor and professional saves an incredible amount of time and energy in the long run. After hiring several coaches for myself – I can only say that I wish I had invested sooner into a coach/mentor relationship. Lisa’s guidance is treasured and I have no reservations recommending her and paying her for her expertise. It will be some of the best investment dollars you can spend on yourself and your business!”~ Cena Block, The Mom-preneur Clarity Catalyst, Owner of Sane Spaces, NAPO-NNJ Chapter President 2011-2012

Read more testimonials here

Here are some examples of the type of coaching/consulting I provide for organizers:

Business Topics

  • Business start-up and planning
  • Structuring your business
  • Goal setting
  • Drafting agreements or proposals
  • Package or project pricing and dealing with price negotiations
  • Marketing, networking & branding
  • Establishing a strong online presence
  • Leveraging your content and expertise by developing multiple streams of income
  • Classifying employees or independent contractors
  • Business processes/systems
  • Creating an Operations Manual
  • Protecting your business financially and legally
  • Setting up a Board of Advisors
  • Assisting with choice of professional advisors
  • Preparing your business for sale

Organizing Topics

  • Residential Organizing
  • Small Business Organizing
  • Corporate Organizing
  • Record Retention/Paper Organizing
  • Studying for the CPO Examination
  • Difficult client situations/ethical dilemmas

“Lisa, I am so grateful for your business coaching.  Your background, experience and skills are very powerful and have been so beneficial for me and my business.

Your flexibility allowed for a flow where you followed me as I mapped out the projects that I wanted us to work on, as well as lead me through the process.  Due to your diverse background, you have an amazing ability to wear many hats as we worked to streamline decisions on the various situations discussed.

You are able to be Business Coach, Attorney, Mentor, Cheerleader…and more. You wear all your hats so well! Thank You.”~ Jane Carroo CPO® CRTS®,

Ready to build an organizing business that serves you on your terms? Great! Let’s get started!

Take Action

If you want to just dive in and rent my brain for a Strategy Session, then click here to purchase online. Coaching & Training of Professional Organizers is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you think you may want longer term support, let’s set up a Discovery Call to chat first and see if a VIP Intensive or Platinum Level Coaching Program may be a better fit.

I can’t wait to get my hands on you and your business! We are going to kick some butt (in a good way, I promise).

Business Consulting & Coaching

“When setting out on a journey,
do not seek advice from someone who has never left home.”

~ Rumi

Do you…

… sometimes feel like there is a magic formula to being a successful entrepreneur and you weren’t given it?
… often fall into the Comparison Trap and think every other entrepreneur has what it takes except you?
…chase bright shiny objects but don’t actually implement the success principles necessary to excel as an entrepreneur?

If so, you need support, guidance, and expertise. You need some Kick-Butt Business Coaching!  This isn’t just any old business coaching — it’s the kind that gets results.

As an entrepreneur, you may often find yourself feeling alone or isolated – unsure of who to turn to for advice on your confidential business questions and plans, feeling out-of-sync with friends and family members who have a J-O-B, and nervous about sharing too much with a colleague or competitor. You crave someone that can guide and support you, actually give you answers when you’re well has run dry, and co-create a business that is truly customized to you and your needs!

Business Coaching & Consulting is what you need to support, inspire, and challenge you to create the business you dream about.

What if you could hear the truth from a successful entrepreneur about the mistakes she made along the way and what she learned from them? Wouldn’t it be nice to peek in as someone tears the roof off her business and let’s you see inside?

Well, you can!!

Drawing upon my background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, I offer business coaching and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Serving as a business strategist, I assist clients in making informed business decisions.  Part consultant, part coach — I ask probing questions helping you to dig deep, but also give expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek.

Think of me as a combination of Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director and Vice President of Marketing all-in-one!

Instead of working with a life coach to help you clarify your purpose, a business advisor to work on the foundations and set up, a marketing consultant to define your message and target market, and a productivity consultant to help you create and streamline systems, you’ll have an all-in-one business strategist and advisor in one cost effective and streamlined package. And I’m a savvy marketer and writer that can cleverly word smith language, so you’ll get the benefit of picking my creative brain as well.

Through a combination of analysis and intense discussion with you, I’ll explore every aspect of your business. We will dissect your business, and then put it back together again. Your business will be better, stronger and a more authentic version of you.

Here’s a list of some common business issues that we can work on:

  • Define what success in business means to you
  • Focus on your passion and unique areas of brilliance
  • Business start up and planning
  • Structuring your business and choosing a business model
  • Drafting agreements or proposals
  • Creating packages or project pricing
  • Charging what you’re worth and dealing with price negotiations
  • Marketing, networking & branding
  • Establishing a strong online presence
  • Get clear on your Unique Selling Proposition
  • Define your Ideal Client and Target Market
  • Create Multiple Streams of Income
  • Leverage your expertise by creating repurposed products and programs
  • Outsourcing/Delegating
  • Classifying employees or independent contractors on your team
  • Business processes/systems
  • Creating an Operations Manual
  • Protecting your business financially and legally
  • Difficult client situations/ethical dilemmas
  • Setting up a Board of Advisors
  • Assisting with choice of professional advisors
  • Preparing your business for sale

The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to build your business, make the money you deserve, and enjoy your work!

“Unbelievable!!! That’s how I would sum up my first business coaching session with Lisa… To be honest, I was really skeptical going in as I had worked with a few coaches in the past and those experiences just left me feeling like I had wasted my money. I was having a hard time figuring out exactly what I wanted my business to become and Lisa literally pulled it out of me like magic! I feel excited about my business for the first time in a long time.  Lisa understood me and my business in a way no one has before.  Her dynamic personality and enthusiasm combined with passion for her clients is a winning combination. Worth every penny!!!!! ” ~ Carly Poppalardo,

Take Action

If you are ready to dive in and rent my brain for a Strategy Session, then click here to purchase online. Business Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you think you may want longer term support, let’s set up a Discovery Call to chat first and see if a VIP Intensive or Platinum Level Coaching Program may be a better fit.

Productivity Consulting

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated,
set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”

~ Les Brown

Creating order and balance in today’s fast-paced, over-stuffed society is an ongoing challenge for many people and organizations. Improving productivity can decrease stress, help you find what you need faster, and save time! I have helped hundreds of corporations, small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and individuals garner measurable increases in productivity and gain time to participate more fully in business, career, and life. And I’d love to put my training, knowledge and experience to work to help you too!

I help clients with productivity challenges such as:

    • Time Management

  • Procrastination
  • Calendar/Software/App Choices
  • Over-Scheduling
  • Dealing with Interruptions
  • Saying No
  • Delegation
  • Prioritization, etc.
    • Email Management
    • Project Management
    • Paper Management
    • Filing Systems/Records Management
    • Systems/Workflow Improvement
    • Evaluation of Office Procedures
    • Creation of Operations Manual

Let me help you boost your productivity in your work and your life today!

The DECIDE to be Organized® Methodology

In my years of experience working with clients to improve their organizing systems, I have noticed a trend. Disorganized people and organizations often have difficulty making decisions. Indeed, these people and organizations get stuck in decision-making mode, causing delay and stress, which in turn leads to physical and mental clutter.

We are bombarded with decisions on a daily basis; some vital, some trivial. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid decision-making if we want to function in today’s busy world. What we can control is our ability to make decisions in a manner that ultimately frees us from all of the clutter.

I empower people and organizations to DECIDE to be Organized®, which is a unique 6-step organizing methodology that I created based on my many years of experience organizing and coaching clients. Through the implementation of the DECIDE process, I co-create customized systems with my clients designed to achieve results at home, in business, and in life. Considered by my clients to be an “intellectual organizer and problem-solver,” I am skillful at asking questions in a non-judgmental manner that help people and organizations find the answers to create a system tailored to their individual needs.

DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. While the process guides a person or organization in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. Therefore, in order for it to be effective, you must decide to DECIDE — exercise the power that you have to move forward, and make changes.

My DECIDE methodology is facilitative and intuitive, and I am passionate in my dedication to coaching clients in how to create more space in their lives for the things they most value.

How to Get Started

Productivity Consulting slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you want to explore longer term options, such as VIP Intensives or my Platinum Level Coaching Programs, then let’s set up a Discovery Call to see what is the best match for you at this time.

The sooner you get started, the quicker those organizing systems will appear. Take the first step and ask for help! I’m here waiting for you, ready to tackle your organizing projects!

“I wanted to write and thank you for the help you have given me in our recent telephone coaching sessions!  I’ve had various time management and organizational problems for some time now, but I never quite knew where to begin with solving them.  I thought about formal classes, but of course, I didn’t want to take time out to attend them!  So when I realized that you were available for phone coaching, I thought I would give it a try!  After the brief time it took for you to assess my situation, I was very pleased with the number of easy and practical steps that you suggested to help me to become more organized, prioritized and effective.  I was especially pleased with the tips you gave me to help bridge my paper and electronic information, which is essential to the way I live and work.  Since I’ve worked on the steps you suggested to use my paper system to support my electronic system, and rely on a single source for my information and prioritized actions, I have been able to more effectively get my task lists completed on time and with much less stress!!! 

I must say that the phone coaching sessions were effective and very helpful for me, and since that time I have been reading your e-zine/newsletter when it comes out for more tips and insights.  Also, now that I have seen the value of having a subject matter expert help me with organizing and setting priorities, I am considered getting some more formal assistance.  So, I strongly recommend to anyone that is struggling with organizing, time management, or prioritization issues, to get some help!  No one should go it alone, especially when expert help is available to cut through all of their confusion and give them a new perspective!  And I strongly recommend you, Lisa, as the expert they should choose!” ~ Mark A. Baker, Orchard Park, NY 

A Pint Sized Powerhouse

Photo: © Diana Miller Photography

The stage presence of a performer, the brains of a lawyer, and the heart of a teacher of the deaf ~ all wrapped up into one to deliver a productive, purposeful and passionate presentation!

Looking for a Dynamic Speaker? Look no further!
Lisa Montanaro is The Real Deal!

Lisa is what happens when brains, charisma, and heart collide! Lisa will captivate your audience with rich content, solid strategies, powerful stories, and interactive exercises, blended with humor and warmth that ties it all together. Hailing originally from NY, Lisa offers “straight talk” in a down-to-earth style so that participants leave her presentations feeling like they had a powerful and directed conversation with a whip-smart and funny friend. Lisa instills in audience members that “I can do this” attitude so they walk away uplifted and ready to get started. Participants will have a clear road map that provides clarity and structure in all aspects of their lives.

It is a great thrill and honor to use the public speaking platform as a way to change people’s lives, impact their work, and to ultimately contribute to the transformation of society and this world. Exploring new places and engaging with new people is one of my favorite things to do.

I find people and places fascinating and am a lifelong learner that tries to see the world as an amazing school that can constantly fill me up with knowledge and insight. Traveling around the U.S. – and hopefully soon, the world, as one of my goals is to speak globally – to share what I’ve gleaned from my background as a performer, educator, mediator, lawyer, entrepreneur, coach, consultant and writer is an absolute joy and privilege.

I love to connect with audiences that are hungry for something new – something that just might positively shift their thinking, their business/career, and their lives.

Lisa is the right speaker for your upcoming meeting, conference or event if:

  • Your group consists of business owners or career professionals;
  • You want attendees to feel inspired and motivated;
  • You want to increase productivity and change their mindset;
  • You want attendees to feel passionate about their work and life;
  • You want attendees to feel more focused on a daily basis;
  • You want a powerful, uplifting presentation that will empower and move your audience to action.

Speaker Materials

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Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Audiences Welcome!

Lisa is proficient in American Sign Language. She has deaf cousins, worked for three years as an interpreter and instructor at the New York School for the Deaf, and taught sign language and Deaf culture at local community colleges and centers frequently over the last 15 years.

Sign language and the deaf community remain a great passion of Lisa’s and she welcomes deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences to book her as a speaker. She will come ready to communicate in sign language, as well as work with any interpreter that may be provided for the event. There are not many hearing speakers that would feel comfortable on stage in front of a deaf or hard-of-hearing audience, let alone be able to sign for him or herself! n>

Contact Lisa today to invite her to address your deaf or hard-of-hearing audience.

Coming to a Town Near You

I’ll be traveling quite a bit the next few months and may be coming to your area. If you are interested in private coaching/consulting with me, or booking a speaking engagement while I am in your area, contact me immediately to set something up!

Los Angeles/Orange County, CA – October 19-23 (driving down probably, so also available any place in between Davis, CA and Long Beach, CA…). If you are in the area and want to grab some time, I am booking slots on Tuesday, October 23rd from 9-5. Email me to inquire about grabbing a spot.

Sonoma, CA – November 2-4

Philadelphia, PA – November 11-14

NY metropolitan area – November 15-25

Los Angeles/Orange County, CA – January 25-27

Quite a few things are happening to me and LM Organizing Solutions right now. This is definitely a time of personal and professional change, for sure!

On a personal note, I just finished a 3,600 mile, 13-state cross-country road trip with my husband and our 2 dogs. What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Some highlights were visiting family in the Midwest, hitting the big city of Chicago (picture to the left), crossing the majestic Mississippi River, seeing the patriotic masterpiece Mt. Rushmore, getting up close and personal with buffalo, bear and coyote in the amazing Yellowstone National Park, hiking a ski mountain in Jackson Hole, and enjoying summer fun on Lake Tahoe!

Right now, we are staying with colleagues about a half hour away from our new town in their lovely home overlooking vineyards and fruit orchards, complete with 2 reside nt goats. Yes, the adventure continues!

As of August 11th, we will be settling down in this cute California ranch in the town of Davis, CA. We will be there for 3 years as my husband, Sean, does a residency in veterinary internal medicine. To be honest, I can’t wait! I am looking forward to living on the West Coast, and in Davis in particular, which is known for its stellar university, amazing farmer’s market (great for Sean and I who are vegetarians), and bike-friendly roads and lifestyle (there are approximately 60,000 bikes in town — 1 per person — and they are used as a means of transportation, not just for leisure or exercise). Sounds like a recipe for a healthy, balanced lifestyle if I ever heard one!

And thanks to the relocation, I have already been booked for a few speaking engagements in California. I start with attending the NAPO-LA Organizing Awards on October 20th (something I’ve always wanted to do!), and then presenting Bold Business Moves for NAPO-LA chapter members on October 22nd and making myself available for private coaching sessions while I am in LA on October 23rd. I plan to see my Dad while there, as he lives in Long Beach in the LA area, and it is his birthday that week! It will be such a treat to be closer to him the next few years and get to see him more often!

Then, drum roll please… I will be presenting the closing keynote for the NAPO-SFBA Regional Conference in Sonoma, CA on November 3rd. But wait, it gets better — I’ll be sharing the spotlight with none other than Julie Morgenstern, who is doing t he opening keynote. Now that’s coming full circle! I heard Julie speak at the little old 92nd Street Y near my apartment in NYC back in 2001, and went up to chat and tell her I was planning to leave my law career and become a professional organizer. She was super-supportive, and we chatted about our shared background in theater. Over the years, she has popped in to hear me speak at the NAPO Conference and always graciously said hello. Little did I know that I’d be sharing the same stage with her someday keynoting for my esteemed peers! What an honor!

The other really exciting thing happening is the rebrand of my business. LM Organizing Solutions will become a division of my new larger umbrella company, Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises (LMGE). I will run LMGE from the California headquarters that you see above in the photo, and LM Organizing Solutions will remain a thriving residential organizing business in the NY area, tended to lovingly by my hand-picked associates. The rebrand will finally allow me to “catch up” to the more holistic work that my clients rely on me for: coaching, consulting, speaking, training and writing to help people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers. I am over-the-top excited to launch the upcoming new website, blog, and ezine very, very soon. So stay tuned!

I appreciate you sticking with me as I go down this path of personal and professional change. Hopefully, it will motivate or inspire you to make a change that you have been dreaming of. Let me ask you…. What would you love to do if you had more courage? What seems really exciting? If something gives you some fear and a lot of excitement, that’s the thing to follow! It will make all the difference in your business and life. Check out my blog post all about how to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!

If you want to s hare any of your dreams or plans with me, I’d love to hear about them. Just send me an email and fill me in. 🙂


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Remember when you were a kid, and you dreamed of who and what you could become?

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If you are committed to achieving success, I will help get you there.

My name is Lisa Montanaro. I am a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author. My mission is to help my clients live passionate and successful lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers.

I coach and consult with individuals in one-on-one and group formats, as well as with corporations and organizations, to help each individual and each organization find balance, success and joy at home, in business, and in life. I’ve done it for others, and I can do it for you.

I invite you to explore the resources on this site if you’re serious about change. If you’re a “take action” kind of person, get in touch with me right now by phone or email. If you need to learn a little more about my approach first, please explore the site in more detail and subscribe to my online community so that you can download your complimentary Toolkit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Purpose, Passion, and Productivity, and start receiving my inspiring bi-weekly ezine, Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion in your inbox.

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