We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Shields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I have two girls, ages 5 & 7. The most impactful thing I have attempted to do as a parent is instill in them the belief that they are loved, worthy and deserving regardless of external circumstances. I want them to know and understand with every fiber of their being that they don’t need awards, accolades, medals or good grades to validate their self-worth and feel deserving of love. We practice affirmations daily and I am constantly reminding them how much I love them just because…. They have nothing to prove, no expectations to meet, they are loved no matter what. I personally fought my own battle with perfectionism, trying to live up to the imagined expectations of my parents and may others, and it robbed me of a lot of joy and happiness. My hope is that I lay the foundation of internal self-love and acceptance with my children, so they’re not seeking it outside of them in fleeting relationships, experiences, and opinions that are outside of their control.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After a successful career in sales, first for ADP and then for Covidien in medical device, I decided to sell all my possessions and travel around the world for a year-and-a-half. A month after I left, the entire economy crashed (2008). When I returned at the end of 2009, I was unable to get my old job back in medical device. I decided to get a part-time gig at lululemon while I waited for a territory to open up. This ‘interim” job turned into one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I discovered my passion for leadership development and building collaborative team cultures, and realized that there was more to life than working for.a paycheck. When lululemon closed it’s girls’ brand ivivva, I was at a crossroads and chose to leave the company to pursue my dream of working in leadership and organizational development for another company. I started researching fastest-growing companies, and came across Organifi. I convinced the COO over a Facebook message to grab coffee with me. We hit it off, and three months later, I was hired as their People & Culture Manager. I’ve had the incredible privilege to help elevate an already amazing culture. We’ve been awarded Best Place to Work by Forbes, Fortune, Inc Magazine and San Diego Business Journal. The biggest lesson I learned along the way is that a job should never be a means to an end. We work 1/3 of our lives, so if you’re not excited most days to go to work, it’s time to realign with who you are at your core, what lights you up, and find a job where you can contribute your innate passions, interests, and talents every day. Life is too short!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a mother of two young children, my social life isn’t as exciting as it once was. In terms of favorite restaurants, I love Born and Raised, Cucina Enoteca, Pacific Coast Grill to catch a sunset happy hour. I would definitely take them downtown to explore the city, show them Balboa Park. I am a big hiker, so I would hit up some of my favorite trails. Depending on their fitness level, Torrey Pines, or if they’re super fit, El Captain. If it was summer, I’d take them to the outdoor symphony for a concert.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people, experiences, and organizations that have shaped who I am today. My parents, especially my mom, have been instrumental in my ambition and drive for personal growth. My brother showed me what unconditional love and support looks like. I’ve had incredible mentors as bosses, including Sarah Mendelson from lululemon who taught me the importance of humility in leadership, and my current boss Mae Steigler who is one of the most phenomenal, compassionate coaches and supportive leaders I have ever come across. Tony Robbins, Hal Elrod, Joe Dispenza, Jack Canfield have all greatly influenced my life through their invaluable wisdom in the books I’ve read and the seminars I’ve attended. I also credit so much of my growth to lululemon and Organifi. Two companies with world-class cultures that really put their people first.