Liz Ryan is one of the country’s most widely-read and well-respected career, Human Resources and leadership commentators, whose columns and broadcasts reach over fifty million readers and listeners per month.
Liz writes extensively; her columns and articles can be read at Bloomberg Business Week, Kiplinger’s Finance, the Huffington Post, and Monster.com. As well, she is a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, NPR and BBC Radio among other broadcast outlets and publications. For her work as a guide to the 21st-century workplace, Liz has been profiled in TIME magazine, Fortune magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and many other media organizations. Liz was a Fortune 500 Human Resources exec (U.S. Robotics) and the co-founder of a technology startup (Ucentric Systems, now a division of Motorola) before launching Ask Liz Ryan to help guide individuals and organizations in reframing and rebranding their experiences and expertise with a human voice, rather than 1950’s cold, corporate jargon that alienates people from their power.
Liz is the leader of the 25,000-member Ask Liz Ryan online community. She is a sought-after international keynote speaker who has addressed over 100 corporate, university and association audiences, and is an instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Leeds School of Business. Liz is the author of “Happy About Onine Networking: the Virtual-ly Simple Way to Build Professional Relationships.” She earned her BA in Marketing and Management at Mundelein College, Loyola University of Chicago, and her MS in Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music and sings opera and musical theatre professionally. Liz and her husband Michael live in Boulder, Colorado with their five kids.
Lara Robinson has worked with Liz Ryan since 2010 and was certified as a Senior Consultant in July 2011.
Lara is the author of Saturday Morning Zen, a blog she started in 2009 about running and whatever else floats through her mind. Lara’s background includes consulting for environmental organizations, business and personal career counseling; environmental advocacy, social media community-building around sustainability, freelance writing, theater management, entrepreneurial business and race organization. Her writing, speaking and coaching centers on the intersections between a person’s personal power and their ability as community members to connect the lines between experience, personality, and goals.
Lara’s first book, a co-written memoir titled Full Circle, was the basis for presentations to the Colorado Language Arts Teacher’s Association (2010) and the National Council for Teachers of English Convention in Chicago (2011).
She started running in 2006 when preschoolers mistook her dog for a fat cow. The dog doesn’t run anymore due to advanced age, but Lara has graduated from one-mile feats of strength to mountain trails, and recently added “marathoner” and “Ultra-Marathoner” to her list of titles. Her latest 140 character Twitter bio states “Trail running ultra-marathoner loves driving Porsches and trucks loaded with camping gear and bikes while cranking Janis Joplin and singing really loud.” She lives in Boulder with her two kids.
- Certified Senior Consultant – Ask Liz Ryan 2011
- Master’s of Environmental Policy and Management – University of Denver 2007
- B.A. Cultural and Critical Studies/Theater- University of Denver 1995
I grew up in the Eastern part of the U.S. with two inspiring parents: a bank-president dad and an English-teacher mom. I loved language, music and nature and saw from an early age how even a financial job like my Dad’s is closely bound up with understanding and listening to people. I left a successful Wall Street money management career to work with my husband Jim, a chiropractor and holistic healer. Through that experience I changed my body dramatically and became a weight-loss coach, and learned small-business marketing, operations and finance. When we moved to Colorado in 2007 after a sudden change in scope-of-practice law in New Jersey, I entered another re-invention period working closely with Liz Ryan to launch my branding and creative management business, Whitehorse Heart. I work with Liz at Ask Liz Ryan as a senior consultant and coach, advising CEOs, leadership teams and job-seekers on strategy, messaging and mission, helping them build mojo and strengthen their ability to show up fully at work and in their professional lives. I use a combination of left-brained and right-brained, logical and intuitive approaches to help people gain clarity around their aspirations, and my first question is always “What do you want?”
My background is in the corporate boardroom and the shop floor, from first-dollar startups to $1B-under-management assignments, and I work comfortably with executive teams and individual job-seekers. I love to help people find the connections and cohesiveness between who they are at work and in other areas of life. Together, my clients and I connect the dots to re-connect people and their passions with employers, clients, and others who need to be in their spheres, or vice versa.
- BA: Alfred University, English
- MBA: Fairleigh Dickinson, Finance
- Certified Handler, Therapy Dogs International
- Judge in Training, AKC Earthdog Trials
- Skilled in Equine Gestalt Therapy
- Certified Prosperity Partnership Coach
- Certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu and Seimei
- Certified Master Trainer, Ask Liz Ryan