Lisa's Story

As a marine geophysicist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leading international projects to map the ocean floor, it became clear to me that the amount of science that got done wasn’t based on how smart and experienced people were or how much money was available. Instead, success or failure depended on the way the people on our project and leadership teams interacted and operated. The more tension, politics and confusion, the more time we wasted and the less we got done. Why were we letting this happen?

This insight led me on a journey of collecting training and earning certifications in facilitation, mediation and team and individual coaching. After leading an effort to bring a team based software development approach to our office, I became an Agile team coach and was officially hooked! I had found my passion and have never looked back. I left my leadership role in geophysics behind for a new position as an organizational coach focused on creating a culture where people can’t wait to come to work. 

I have deep experience in one-on-one, project and leadership team coaching, training, leadership development and facilitation. I bring passion, intuition and a direct approach to everything I do. My coaching philosophy is Vulnerability =  Freedom. Freedom to fully show up. Freedom to make an impact. Freedom to experience joy and connection. 

I’d love to hear about what you most want in your life or organization. Get in touch if you’d like to work together!

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

More about Lisa

Lisa Taylor has coached teams and individual leaders from the executive to the team lead level for over eight years.  


Lisa is an International Coach Federation certified associate coach, trained in Organizational Systems Relationship Coaching (ORSC), certified in Co-Active coaching through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), accredited to facilitate ‘The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team’ workshops, trained in Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead curriculum, certified to lead The Arbinger Institute’s ‘Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset’ workshops within NOAA and trained in The Neuroleadership Institute Brain Based Coaching Program.  She is a certified facilitator, mediator and Agile Scrum Master and has served as a leadership consultant for SEABED 2030, an international project with a mission to map the entire ocean floor by 2030. 


Lisa has helped to bring a coaching culture to the federal government by designing and leading a Pilot Supervisory Leadership Development Training Program for NOAA, co-initiating a coaching program for NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program and serving as an executive coach for NOAA, the Treasury Executive Institute and the Federal Coaching Network.


Before discovering the magic of coaching, Lisa was a marine geophysicist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a focus on ocean floor mapping.  She served as the Director of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Data Center for Digital Bathymetry, Chair of the IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group, Guiding Committee member for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), and Vice Chair of the GEBCO Subcommittee on Undersea Feature Names.  


Lisa and her husband are empty nesters living in Golden, Colorado where they enjoy hiking and backcountry skiing. Lisa is an avid cyclist and finds peace gardening, painting and doing yoga.

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