Lisa McGahren

Executive Coach

Lisa is an accomplished executive coach with extensive experience delivering leadership programs and one-on-one coaching to hundreds of professionals in business and higher education. While she has worked closely with leaders of all types, she has a passion for working with women in STEM fields and has years of experience facilitating leadership programs specifically designed to help women in STEM navigate, advance, and thrive in their chosen careers and in their lives.

Lisa’s approach to coaching is direct and compassionate, blending real-world strategies and best practices with a laser focus on individual needs for development. She believes that being successful and happy are equally important and that highly effective leadership begins with a clear understanding of oneself. She is a highly effective coach that is valued for helping others uncover solutions to the challenges they face, believing whole-heartedly that each of us ultimately has the answers we need. When working with leaders, one of Lisa’s mantras might be, Do more Coaching and less Managing! In her experience, when leaders are slow to solve problems for individuals and teams, they gather important information that results in additional perspectives and better outcomes.

Lisa began her coaching career with Right Management Consultants where she was responsible for delivering customized career transition services nationally. Prior to coaching, Lisa held leadership roles in management consulting, operations, and client services for organizations serving manufacturing and retail sectors.
Lisa holds a M.A. in Educational Psychology from Fairfield University, a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of Leadership University Coach Program through B/Coach Systems. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and her continuing education includes the following: C-IQ (Conversational Intelligence), CMT (Coach Master Toolkit) and The Narrative Coach with WBECS (World Business and Executive Summit). She is certified in Positive Intelligence (PQ), a program for building mental fitness), is a DiSC authorized partner and facilitator of Everything DiSC Workplace, Agile EQ, Productive Conflict, Management and Work of Leaders. Lisa lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband, two teenagers and their new puppy Dave!

Skills and Expertise

  • Leadership Assessment and Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Values Identification
  • Professional & Personal Goal Setting
  • Productive Conflict and Management Skills Facilitation
  • Coaching Academic Faculty and Administration
  • Coaching Women in STEM
  • Emotional Intelligence using Agile EQ
  • Communication & Collaboration using DiSC Workplace
  • Negotiation Preparation
  • Personal Advocacy for Women in STEM
  • New Leader Onboarding