Do you secretly wish for things but don’t how to get them? Meet our guest, Lisa Ong, who shares the power of dreaming big and wishing out loud.
Lisa Ong is widely known as a “talent gardener” and “inclusion connector”. Lisa is an executive coach, diversity strategist, and President & Founder of Wishing Out Loud LLC. Lisa was formerly Diversity and Inclusion leader at PwC where she focused on minority retention and advancement, as well as growing inclusive leaders at all levels.
In this episode, Lisa talks about how to discover your strengths, build your community of mentors and peers, and create opportunities to not only shine but, also to thrive in your career.
[01:55] Lisa’s story
[07:23] Switching lanes in your career
[13:07] Showing up with confidence as a woman of color
[18:05] Learning from failures and setbacks
[23:56] Managing competing personal and profession priorities
[28:54] The value of network and community
“Knowing my top five strengths helped me determine whether I see myself in this current role in the future” – Lisa Ong
“When I started to lean on the advice from my sponsors and really lean into it, I was actually able to accelerate my career.” – Lisa Ong
“If you’re thinking about what wild success would look like a year from now, you’re more likely to achieve it. If you think the sky is falling, guess what, it probably will fall.” – Lisa Ong
“When you ask for advice, you’re appealing to your sense of gratitude for their wisdom and experience. And in the end, you will end up getting their help anyway.” – Lisa Ong
“Turn off that negative voice in your head. And turn it up and say you’re smart enough to figure this out.” – Lisa Ong
“Confidence is how you show up.” – Lisa Ong
“A no is a no, not now. Not a no, not ever. But if you don’t even ask, you’re never going to get a yes.” – Lisa Ong
Lisa Ong is an executive coach, speaker, diversity strategist and consultant. Lisa specializes in diversity and inclusion, leadership development, coaching and facilitation. Prior to founding Wishing Out Loud LLC, Lisa was a national diversity director in Diversity and Inclusion at PwC. She designed strategies to retain, develop and advance diverse talent. She focused on minority retention and advancement efforts as well as growing inclusive leaders at all levels.
A widely known “talent gardener” and “Inclusion connector,” Lisa helps individuals to achieve goals with an emphasis on leadership skills leading to meaningful relationships. She shares her coaching approach with her clients to discover their strengths, dream big and keep strategically “wishing out loud” to create opportunities to shine and be their best.
Lisa is a seasoned executive in business with a background in audits as well as senior human capital roles. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Texas Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by The International Coach Federation. She is certified in the Leadership Circle 360 tool. She also had her SPHR through 2015.
Lisa speaks on topics ranging from unconscious bias, bridging cultural differences, authentic leadership, building meaningful relationships, communicating with impact through storytelling and networking. Lisa serves on the board of the AICPA Council and the Texas Society of CPAs. She was past Chair of the Dallas chapter 2017-2018. She is an active Lifetime Member of Ascend, and served as an Executive Advisor to the North Texas Chapter from 2014-2019. She was named to The Dallas 500 in 2020 Directory by D CEO Magazine as “one of the most powerful business leaders in DFW” and awarded the 2019 CPA of the Year Award by the Dallas CPA Society. Dallas Business Journal also recognized her with a 2017 Minority Business Leaders Award for her leadership in business and the community.
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