Lisa Kavanaugh

Lisa strives to empower her clients to maximize capacity, satisfaction and impact. She is known for listening between the lines, insightfully reflecting what she sees and challenging clients to probe deeper so they can play bigger.

Lisa Kavanaugh

Lisa Kavanaugh

Digital Nomad

  • Executive Performance
  • Career Transition
  • Digital Nomad Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Finding Purpose in Work

About Lisa

Lisa is an Executive Coach with a deep Tech Leadership background. A former CTO and Head of Product, she spent over a decade leading software teams of all shapes and sizes, journeying from programmer to CTO with the help of powerful coaching. She is a fierce carrier of truth in the service of her clients’ agenda with a depth of experience to support her.
Throughout her career she has been “thrown in the deep end” and learned to swim. She is passionate about working with leaders facing challenging career growth and helping them become strong swimmers, as they discover and strengthen their own personal strokes. She often works with Product and Engineering leaders stretching into new opportunity, helping them to navigate with confidence and authenticity.
Using an awareness-based approach focused on aligning impact with individual values and sense of purpose, Lisa strives to empower her clients to maximize capacity, satisfaction, and impact. She is known for listening between the lines, insightfully reflecting what she sees and challenging clients to probe deeper for new awareness that enables them to play bigger.
Lisa has been quoted & featured in Fast Company, FOX News, ZDNet & VentureBeat, has spoken at conferences and events including SxSWi, Web2.0 Expo, Speaker Series and Pandora’s Women in Business Series. She was also named in FOX Business’ Little Pink Book’s Top 10 Women in Technology for 2012. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, and her ICF coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute.
A true global citizen, she holds US & EU passports and is proud to call herself a digital nomad. She loves to snowboard, learn new languages, and host boisterous costume parties.


  • B.S., Computer Science, Univ. of Santa Barbara
  • CPCC, The Coaches Training Institute


  • Previous career: Technology Exec.
  • Coaching for 2 years
  • Rate: $$$


  • 3-month, 6-month & custom packages
  • 45-60 minute calls
  • 2-3x per month
  • Unlimited email support
  • Coaching via phone or video call


Lisa’s brilliance comes in a heart forwardness and coaching style that I can best describe as tough compassion. This is how she shines light on unwieldy knots and dark corners, through masterful listening and a relentless curiosity. She’s always at pace with me, never a step too fast or slow, holding space and rigor to work through tension and challenging topics, and then being there to celebrate our wins with open arms. I feel that I emerged a better and brighter version of myself from our sessions. I highly recommend Lisa if you want to expand your range and live your power as leader and member of society.

-Shaw, VP of Finance

Lisa is a coach who not only motivates you but empowers you to know that you can create the life that you want. When I started working with Lisa, I was in the beginning stages of becoming a coach and I thought that I could use some help with getting over fears that I had around this new career. Now looking back, this makes me laugh because Lisa and I have explored many parts of myself that I didn’t even know existed and it has gone way beyond my coaching fears. Sometimes it’s been heavy and sometimes it’s been hilarious. Either way, Lisa is there with you through it all, asking the right questions and being incredibly supportive when you need it most. I’m so grateful that I found her because she has really helped me grow as a person and as a coach.

-Shayna, Coach

Starting a new job is never an easy endeavor. And the first 90 Days are the most crucial part of on-boarding. I was starting a new job as Principal Product Manager, managing a new team, and desperately wanting to make a great impression. I hoped to leverage her leadership experience and coaching skills to help me succeed in my new role. I can confidently say this has been the best entry into a company of my entire career. Lisa’s guidance has been phenomenal. With her help and support, I have strengthened my leadership skills. I have learned new ways to communicate and influence at all levels of the organization and navigate stress and conflict more confidently and calmly. Within my first two months, I was recognized on three different occasions for outstanding contributions. By month five, I was promoted to Director! Working with Lisa has given me the tools and confidence to take on this new, challenging role.

-Holger, Product Management

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Lisa Kavanaugh

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