Rising from the Ashes of Burnout w/ Lisa Elser
On paper (and many days for real) Lisa’s career was a dream come true. She got to live and work all over the world and managed a team of amazing people who were doing some very cool stuff. Corporate life was ugly though and she’d been promoted out of any interesting work and into a life of conference calls and politics where she had to fudge her ethics just to protect her clients and her team. It took a horrible toll on her health. In 2001 Lisa started cutting gems as a hobby and loved the feeling of creating something again.
So at age 45 Lisa made her escape and packaged out of the corporate career and into what was supposed to be a little hobby business that let them travel. Somehow it turned into a proper business that lets her create beautiful things and that embody her ethical values. Lisa has been a professional gem cutter for 16 years now and never looked back
Join Midori in a conversation with Lisa about what it takes to pivot mid-career with grace and finding something you love and doing it with your whole heart.
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May 23, 2023
5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST
Free for Patreon Supporters
Lisa is a retired IT professional who began her career at Bell Labs before leaving research to run international consulting practices for Sun Microsystems in Europe and the US. She spent 25 years in IT and was consulted by some of the largest banks, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies in the world. After a successful career, she retired early at 45. She and her husband then started their own business cutting fine gemstones, which combined their love of travel with her love of gemstones. Through the business, she’s been able to support educational and health initiatives in Tanzania, Madagascar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.