You’re talented and ambitious. Starting out, headed up, or starting over. Wherever you are in your career, you could use some additional  insight to guide your ascent. To help you get to where you want to go. Quickly.


Lisa brings a strengths-based focus to unlocking your leadership promise. As a certified, coactive coach, she works with women who are committed to busting open doors, shattering ceilings, and transforming what's possible for themselves and everyone they touch. If you want to refine your career strategy, develop your leadership presence and influence, improve your interview skills and storytelling chops, or exercise your productivity muscles, you're in the right place. Take a look at Lisa's bio here.


Ever notice how people love telling women that to navigate politics and bias and achieve our career and leadership ambitions, we just need to be confident, as if confidence is some costume we can put on and say "ta daa," problems solved?

In my experience working with women all over the globe, confidence comes from one thing: practice. Big picture, that means building a strategy and working that strategy.

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of stories from strong, incredibly skilled, high potential women like you. Things like:

  • I was hired to lead and I’m routinely excluded from important meetings and events.

  • I have more experience and produce better results, but I’m making way less than my male peers.

  • After being passed over for promotion twice, my self-worth is in the tank.

  • I’m terrified of conflict, but not being able to negotiate and problem solve effectively is ruining my leadership potential.

I hear you. And I’m here to help you move through those roadblocks and limiting beliefs, and rewrite your leadership story from the inside out, and build a strategy so you can step up to the microphone, advocate for yourself, grab your seat at the table, and generate the respect, recognition, and pay you deserve.

And if you want to learn how to navigate politics and the daily realities of the workplace, that strategy has to include designing your influence plan – not just to build relationships, but to leverage them.

So let’s tap into who you are – your values, strengths, professional accomplishments, and aspirations. I help smart, unapologetically ambitious women like you become daily askers and confident actors in work and life--and it’s your turn. Let’s choreograph your victory dance together.


Praise for Lisa

"Lisa Gates is a knock-out coach. Her humor combined with razor-like insistence in accountability makes her one of the most powerful coaches I've ever met. She goes deep, makes me take responsibility, calls me on my BS, and stands for my leadership at work. An amazing process."

- B. Anderson, HR DIrector

"Lisa is a fantastic coach for men and women in multiple career paths including my area of academic medicine . She changed my approach, perspective, and helped me achieve goals that I did not previously consider attainable."  

- Tina Schade Willis, MD

"It's not every day that you get a 100% raise, but with Lisa's coaching that's what happened for me. I went into our process frustrated and hoping to leave with the skills to ask for a reasonable raise, and then Lisa suggested a much bigger ask. In addition to the jump in salary, I also successfully negotiated a title change, an assistant, and a firm date to discuss my next pay increase. Every woman owes it to herself to work with Lisa."

-  Maryn Taylor, HR Director

"Working with Lisa was a real eye-opener. She taught me how to identify my strengths and more importantly, how to sell them to potential employers! I learned how to negotiate what I was worth in a way that appealed - and it has paid off as I have recently signed for my dream job."

- Liz. O, Security and Compliance Engineer

"LIsa's insight and gift for connecting with people makes her a powerhouse coach. So inspiring!"

- Cathy Sanders, Healing Arts Professional