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Lisa appears in the 2020 Top 100 Canadian Professionals Magazine


Lisa Anna Palmer

Lisa Anna Palmer is founder and CEO of Cattelan Palmer Light Your Leadership Institute. She is also author of the new international bestseller, Light a Fire in Their Hearts: The Truth About Leadership, endorsed by world renowned experts, including three New York Times bestselling authors and Dr. Warren Shepell, one of the fathers of Employee Assistance Programs and Mental Health in The Workplace. As a passionate leadership expert, her vision is that together, we can make the world a better workplace. To this end, Lisa delivers talks, coaching, and training to high performers from all backgrounds so they can shift their mindset and give rise to a generation of great people leaders.

“With the current pandemic, it’s critical for leaders to put people first by making employees feel safe, cared for, and well equipped to deal with massive disruption. My mission is to cultivate great people leaders who know how to connect with employees and colleagues at the human level. Through their compassion, courage, and competence, these leaders ignite engagement and help employees see the value and meaning they bring, so that they want to be and do their very best. This is how we grow healthy and sustainable workplaces. Healthier workplaces will lead to a healthier planet for all,” she explains.

With over 25 years of experience within senior human resources and organizational development roles, a degree in psychology, and a cache of industry credentials, Lisa Anna founded her Ottawa-based  HR consulting company in 2011. Today, the Cattelan Palmer Light Your Leadership Institute helps clients thrive as great progressive leaders.  “We accompany our clients on every step of their leadership journey, from aspiring leader to chief executive,” she shares.

A trusted advisor for leaders at all levels, from team leaders to CEOs, she is particularly focused on the underserved population of emerging leaders—the person who is just getting ready for a promotion and who will now be responsible for a team, middle managers, and new directors. “Many high performers get promoted into management roles without having invested the time and energy necessary to develop the proper mindset or build the necessary skills to lead employees, colleagues, and management. At the same time, they are advised to ‘go forth and inspire and engage,’ and then left to figure it out on their own.” 

In her book, Lisa Anna helps people figure out what the leadership journey is all about. Through her own personal stories as well as stories from over 30 great leaders who share their wisdom, she helps emerging leaders successfully transition to their new roles and succeed by putting people first. 

Lisa is a Certified ProActive Coach, Certified Passion Test Facilitator, Cross-Cultural Competencies Facilitator, and a Certified Expert Speaker. She is also a member of the advisory board for two start-ups dedicated to helping youth navigate the career landscape, create a vision for a better and more sustainable future, and to support early leadership development.

Learn more about Light a Fire in Their Hearts: The Truth About Leadership: 


Lisa Anna Palmer

Founder & CEO — Cattelan Palmer Light Your Leadership Institute and Cattelan Palmer Consulting




Download the Top 100 Canadian Professionals magazine and check out Lisa's feature on page 122.

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