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About Lisa

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I was born and raised in Kössen, Austria in the Tyrolean Alps. At a very young age I knew that I would travel the world and live in different countries. This was not just a vague dream for me, but an inner knowing that gave me a strong sense of direction. I wanted to experience different cultures not only on the surface as a tourist, but on a deeper level as an active participant in everyday life.

The anthropologist Edward T. Hall says: "One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. It forces you to pay attention to those details of life which differentiate them from you."

How true this statement is. My exposure to other cultures has been such a wonderful and valuable learning experience. It has helped me to gain self-knowledge, fully appreciate my own culture, and learn from other cultures.

My passion of transcending cultural borders has led me from Austria, to Germany, to South Africa, Romania, Greece and, finally, to the United States. I started my journey by working for an international company in Munich, Germany and Johannesburg, South Africa. After that I continued my journey by working for the Austrian Foreign Ministry at the Austrian Embassies in Bucharest, Romania, Athens, Greece and Washington D.C.

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While working at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. I met my Puerto Rican husband Heino and in 1984 we settled in Connecticut raising our two boys as bilinguals, in German and English. They are now young adults and greatly appreciate being bilingual and multicultural.

Now, I help individuals and families adjust to life in a new country by sharing my own insights and by giving them practical tools to fully embrace their cross-cultural experience. This helps my clients to realize their full potential in their new environment much faster and with less stress. In the process of our coaching relationship, they receive not only a step-by-step plan, but also gain self-knowledge, deeper insight into their own culture, and knowledge about the new culture.

As a certified coach, I am an active listening partner. I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can explore new ways of thinking and gain new insights that enable them to move forward and have the full life they deserve.

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