Lisa Thompson's skills in business management and as a licensed and certified executive coach, career consultant and counselor make her a valuable asset to Pearson Partners' executive search team, as well as to her clients. As managing director of professional services, Lisa works with individuals and corporations, providing management consulting, organizational and team assessments, executive coaching, career coaching and succession planning services. Combining her corporate background with experience in mental health and psychology, as well as specialized training in coaching and counseling, Lisa addresses organizational and human development needs with a practical and holistic approach. She works alongside her clients to develop strategies that will help them grow in their careers and discover new strengths. In addition to working with her own corporate and individual clients, Lisa Thompson assists Pearson Partners' recruiting team at every step of the executive search cycle, from assessing candidates to providing on-boarding services for new hires, developing existing employees and transitioning former executives into the next phase of their careers. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified Professional Coach and Executive Coach, and is also certified in a number of evaluation and assessment instruments. Before joining Pearson Partners, Lisa was the senior managing director for Spherion's Human Capital Consulting Group in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Under her leadership, the office became one of the most successful and profitable in the nation and was recognized for its innovative management consulting, coaching and career transition solutions for individuals and corporations. Earlier in her career, she was a career consultant and vice president of sales with Reedie & Co., a career consulting firm known for its work with senior executives in transition. The firm was later acquired by Spherion, and Lisa was promoted to managing director. Prior to launching her career in human capital consulting, Lisa was a director of corporate accounts with Ceridian Corp., where she managed employee assistance and management consulting programs that addressed employee and organizational development issues for major corporate clients across a wide spectrum of industries. She has also managed a successful private counseling practice, providing assessments, executive coaching and consulting for individuals and corporate entities, and offering training, seminars and consulting on topics ranging from crisis intervention to team building. Lisa is a member of the International Coaching Federation, from which she has earned certification as a Professional Coach. She is also a graduate of the Executive Coaching Graduate Certification program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She earned a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in public relations and marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a master of education degree in counseling and guidance from Texas A&M in Commerce. Lisa serves on the advisory board of Attitudes & Attire, a non-profit organization focused on helping the disadvantaged seeking self-sufficiency, and has served as chairman of the board for that organization. She is also the President of Our Friends Place, a North Texas organization supporting at-risk girls and young women. She previously served on the Expert Advisory Panel of Human Capital Institute's Next Generation Leadership Development Community.