Lisa (Andrew) Condon, CBB, CSP, CSPO, is the type of person who makes you feel comfortable with who you are and who is so familiar—yet, you cannot believe you have not yet met her. This most likely stems from her deep engagement with her community, as well as her 25+ years of experience in an executive capacity across sales, marketing and customer service. Lisa is very memorable as she explains what makes her stand out in a crowd: “I am 5’ flat with a 6’ tall personality.”
It is easy to describe Lisa as strong, professional and feminine because Lisa sees women as pillars of endurance, strength, and creativity. Especially, when they work together to support each other’s ideas and gifts. Lisa applies a positive approach combined with an ever-present state of gratitude to her work and her clients. Ask Lisa about mistakes and she will tell you she does not believe in regrets as every experience is a learning opportunity.
Lisa believes in the unique power of friendships with women—a sentiment that is threaded through social endeavors and business. When women harness their remarkable skills as a team, they change the way they engage, leading to success that is steeped in the beauty of collaboration and friendship. Lisa was always social and involved throughout her college years at Rutgers and Temple University, where she worked multiple jobs to fund her own education, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, a major in theatre and communications, and a minor in journalism and English. A hard worker, Lisa enjoyed the hospitality industry for its social and networking aspects, as well as her job in the library, which resonated with her identity as a writer. She is still a hard worker who never says no to an opportunity.
Growing up in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania, amidst Amish Country, Lisa was very close to her parents. Later, in her 30s, she would lose her mother and her father. Both of her parents sadly would pass away within five weeks of each falling ill. Lisa’s mother unfortunately would pass while Lisa lived in Vermont. When Lisa relocated to Delaware to spend more time with her father, she would unfortunately lose him right after moving. Lisa cherished her parents and holds memories of them close in her heart. This experience shaped her in profound ways.
Lisa is 100% Irish American, with her mother’s and paternal grandmother’s fierce independence streak and her introspective nature and writing talent from her father. She often played “office” as a child and to a certain extent, she still does. Lisa and her childhood friends would also play “ghosts in the graveyard,” “kick the can,” and other simple games that required imaginative fun. In fact, Lisa started acting at four years of age, an art form she embraced as it challenged her to dig into her psyche and innately transform into another character—an experience that later helped her to understand others in a meaningful way.
Lisa had dreams of leaving her small community in the countryside and going to the big city, which she did as promised upon college graduation. She was amazed at the culture she had not experienced, and soaked in everything like a sponge, absorbing knowledge around people’s experiences and lives.
The newspaper industry took Lisa around the country to New Jersey, Georgia, New York, with the eventual opportunity for a position in Vermont. She relocated to Burlington, Vermont—site unseen. It was in Burlington that she learned the true meaning of supporting local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community. Like her childhood town, Burlingtonians all tend to know one another, and it was this experience that changed the way Lisa approached life. Extremely active in the community, Lisa became involved with Navicate, Vermont APT, Community Health Center, Burlington Youth Program of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. This special time in Vermont brought Lisa close friendships, a large network of business associates, and a new philosophy about the integration of personal values and business.
Since then, through a variety of roles within a multitude of organizations (media, finance, telecommunications), Lisa has cultivated her natural leadership and inclination to help others succeed. She has met the challenge of creating new departments, redesigning departments, and nurturing personalities and employees with the passion and vision of a strong mentor. This is the reason Lisa started Red Sapphire Consulting. Later, this became the foundation for Lisa Condon Enterprises (LCE).
LCE is a company that sparks inspiration, innovation, and collaboration through gratitude. A motivational speaker, Lisa, aka “The Spark,” uses a combination of theory and practices from the Project Management Institute, Six Sigma, SCRUM, EQi, and Appreciative Inquiry. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, SCRUM Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and PMP. By combining her love of creativity and her passion for process, she is the founder and creator of GRATITUDE, a proprietary program designed to spark change. Lisa is the author of the soon-to-be released book, “Sparking Your Business, 9 Steps of Gratitude.”
Prior to founding LCE, Lisa served as Division Manager of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service for Burlington Telecom from 2009-10. Formerly, she was Assistant Vice President Operations for Vermont Federal Credit Union 2004-2009. Prior to Vermont Federal Credit Union, Lisa worked as a Mortgage Loan Officer for Homebound Mortgage from 2001-2004. Lisa was the Inside Sales Manager at the Burlington Free Press from 1998-2001.
Lisa has won awards throughout the country in public relations, event development, and business solutions. She is a member of the National Speaking Association. Beyond her business, Lisa is the Co-Founder of Cardinal Opportunities, a non-profit organization that provides soft skills to underserved populations throughout the United States. She is also the Founder of the Sussex County Chapter of Cocktails Curing Cancer. Lisa sits on the International Governing Board for Delta Phi Epsilon as Vice President, and the Board of Ambassadors for the Beebe Foundation. She is an active member of Polka Dot Powerhouse serving as a National Legacy Leader. In addition to her B.A. from Temple, Lisa is a 2011 graduate of the Excellence in Executive Leadership program and a member of the Class of 2009 Leadership Champlain in Burlington. She has attended countless workshops, classes and schools for leadership, sales, marketing, and client service.
Lisa leads a private life with her loving husband, Nate. Together, they are fur parents to Jack (16.5), Simon (6), and Dexter (eternal puppy). Lisa finds the joys of motherhood in the little moments, like observing Jack teaching Simon “all the things” or caret-taking her rescue, Dexter, whose selected birthday is Cinco de Mayo (because he is crazy like tequila). Dexter has taught Lisa patience in an entirely new way, helping her to prioritize and understand her limits. For the exchange of some of Lisa’s freedom, Dexter offers his unconditional love. In her spare time, Lisa performs on stage throughout Sussex County (most recently with the Delmarva Improv Group). She is also a published poet and artist. The Condon family enjoys sunning at their beachside home in Delaware, traveling, and being grateful for the amazing life they have built.