With a foot on each coast, Lisa Montanaro is part no-nonsense Italian American New Yorker and part sunny Californian. Lisa has a unique background, having traveled the path of a performer who didn’t want to be a “starving actress” so said no to Broadway, worked as an instructor and interpreter of the Deaf to put herself through law school, and became a lawyer specializing in employment law for 9 years. She then “defected” from the practice of law and started her organizing and productivity business on the heels of the 9-11 tragedy. (Visit her business website at LisaMontanaro.com.)
Writer & Author
Lisa has a life-long love affair with the written word. She has been keeping a journal, by long-hand, since she was 8 years old, which she has filled with countless pages of prose and poetry. Her book, “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. It sold out after a limited print run, so is now out of print, but can still be found as a used book through select bookseller sites.
Lisa is a prolific non-fiction writer! She was a Columnist for the Young Professionals Life-Work Balance section of the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper and the Hudson Valley Insider Lifestyles section for several years, has had several articles published in Comstock’s Magazine in Sacramento, and has published hundreds of articles on topics such as productivity, life-work balance, business, law, and entrepreneurship online and offline. Lisa is presently a freelance writer for The Bike Campaign, which promotes cycling as a means of transportation, exercise, and joy. She gets to combine two of her great loves: writing and cycling!
However, Lisa has been drawn back to her first love of creative writing. She is presently revising what she hopes will be her debut novel, a multi-generational Italian-American family drama, which she will be seeking agent representation later in 2020. She is excited about her fiction writing, and curious to see where it takes her after so many years of focusing on non-fiction pieces. Lisa is a born storyteller. Whether she is conveying the power of someone’s written words through performing in a play or musical, or sharing stories with her audiences as a professional speaker through her presentations, Lisa appreciates the power of story and creativity in all its incarnations.