Priorities and Delayed Gratification: Ali Mindfully Puts Family First and Then Pursues College and Career

May 6, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Ali Tiegs took the 20 year plan to complete her education and delayed her career gratification, never losing sight of goals in life but aware of what it would ultimately take to obtain them. Priorities play a very significant role in achieving success and even in her later career as a teacher, principal, and executive director, she looked at the end result first, then worked her way backward in order to achieve the desired outcome. While in her 20s, she purposely opted to postpone completing college and instead focus on her marriage and motherhood. After raising her three gifted and talented children, she set out at age 42 to finish that college degree and seriously develop her career. Now, some 24 years into very fulfilling work in education and administration, she enjoys strong connection and fulfillment in her work, making the journey all the sweeter. Ali’s story reminds us that each of us can enjoy several careers and it’s never too late to pursue our dreams.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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