Founder of The Thrival Company
Elizabeth is an Author | Speaker | Coach |Consultant Mission to Million$ - Taking Big Ideas and Making Them Reality. Elizabeth is the founder and CXO of The Thrival Company. She started her career as a chemical engineer from Purdue University and then cross-trained into psychology, business performance, auditing, and organizational culture and individual behavior change. Spending more than 20 years of leading, teaching, designing, and coaching engineering, environmental, and organizational development programs, she realized that there were common individual and cultural practices used that determined whether an initiative was successful or not. Loving the challenges of broad social change and making people's big ideas a reality, these observations inspired her to develop a series of leadership practices which she uses to empower individuals into leadership. Her clientele are diverse ranging from Fortune 100-1000 companies to government agencies, non-profits and the U.S. Military. She is a keynote speaker on topics of leadership, behavior change, social evolution, and innovation often sharing her story of her personal epiphany with the birth of her first child and finally realizing after many failed attempts that ‘You can’t engineer humans!’. Her work has impacted the lives of thousands of people helping them fulfill on their dreams and visions for their lives, communities and workplaces. Elizabeth brings an honest, insightful, broad-reaching and often humorous perspective on human nature and the behaviors we adopt that save us or sink us. Her work in for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors allows her to bring a broad and unique perspective on how to combine the best practices in each model of business to create organizations that deliver on their vision and mission and have fun doing it! From the plant floor to the top floor, Elizabeth is just as comfortable in a hard hat and boots building teams in the field as she is working with executive boards and C-level management on strategy, leadership succession, organizational performance and making their next big vision a reality, In her personal life, Elizabeth is passionate about donating her time, talents, and treasure to her favorite charities working on big environmental and social issues. She is an active volunteer and member of Impact Austin (www.impact-austin.org/) a women’s giving foundation and supports more than a dozen non-profits across the United States. Based in Austin, Texas with her two children and numerous Guinea Pigs. And when not writing, consulting, and being a mom, she can be found relaxing through fishing, kayaking, and birding anywhere near the ocean!