Engaging with Lisa over the last few years has been a privilege. She is a humble pioneer of the intersection between emotion and leadership. Lisa manages to combine professionalism with levity, vigor with ease, and insight with curiosity. Her ability to bring out the best in people and teams has made a lasting impact on our business. She is valuable beyond measure.


Sara Byers

CEO, Leonardo’s Pizza

Have you ever worked with someone who is both incredibly skilled at what they do and infectiously enthusiastic in such a way that everyone wants to work with them? These two qualities, coupled with a passion for creating positive organizational change, create a rare combination that makes Lisa Rees an extraordinary collaborative colleague. I have had the good fortune of working with Lisa on a variety of organizational change projects, including several Appreciative Inquiry Summits, and through each one of these initiatives, Lisa was a treasure. She brings a wealth of insights from her vast experience in government agencies, as well as a humanistic eye to help improve organizational life– from one-on-one coaching, to team building, to system-wide strategic change projects. Leveraging her deep knowledge in the realm of Emotional Intelligence, Lisa knows how to effectively engage with others to bring out their best, while also having fun along the way. The best compliment I can pay her is that not only have I seen organizations improve through their interaction with her, but I have personally grown and developed as well through my colleagueship with her. I cannot wait until our next opportunity to collaborate again!


Lindsey Godwin, Ph.D.

Academic Director, David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

Lisa might be one of the most upbeat and enthusiastic people you will ever meet. She injects energy into situations, lifts you up and keeps you going. Those are important, and rare qualities for a coach, trainer, and leader. However, once you spend time with her, watch her facilitate discussions, train people on difficult concepts you realize that behind the smile is a good deal of careful, deliberative thought and a wealth of experience and knowledge. She provides real-life examples of the four emotional intelligence abilities. She is also able to analyze complex and rich interpersonal problems and develop a workable solution, an extremely valuable skill. I’ve trained hundreds of people over the years and I have asked a handful to work with me. Lisa is one of these handful of people. I trust her enough that I am proud to append my name to this endorsement, to have her conduct our EI work, and to co-facilitate any session, anywhere, with her.


David R Caruso, Ph.D.

Co-founder, EI Skills Group, Research affiliate, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

After reading Lisa's book on emotional intelligence, I now consider the emotional moment in addition to the data or project outputs of a meeting. This has transformed my work with both my colleagues and our Board and is especially important work as the culture of the workplace is transformed.


Phelan Fretz

Executive Director Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

I’ve had the good fortune of working with Lisa Rees over the past couple of years on a program to develop leaders within her federal agency. Her enthusiasm is contagious and I truly find her to be an expert in the field of leadership. What I admire most in my time of working with Lisa is her ability to work through and navigate a seemingly endless list of obstacles that have been put in front of her. She has stayed the course, challenged the status quo, and is on the precipice of developing a program that will truly have culture change within her organization.


John Skinner

Senior. Account Manager, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

We are fortunate to have Ms. Lisa Rees providing her Appreciative Inquiry expertise in our Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School. For the past three years, Lisa has been an integral part in helping us make our program successful. Lisa continually receives high reviews and comments from our program participants and has made a difference in the homeland security community


Ellen Gordon

Associate Director Executive Education, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. 

- Helen Keller