A New Chapter: Offering Words of Hope and Gratitude for Those in Grieving

July 27, 2016
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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If we’re fortunate in life, we find and develop strong and lasting connections with important people who really matter to us. They add a beautiful zest that touches us and brings an impossible to describe joy. So, when they leave us and pass on, the grief can be incredibly overwhelming. It was this journey that Marla Lackey unexpectedly embarked upon as she navigated her beloved mother’s passing. A registered nurse working in Labor and Delivery, she reveled in bringing souls into the world – now, she’d have to help usher out the one who’d been incredibly precious to her. In this episode, Marla recollects her fond experiences growing up, what her mother taught her as she died of cancer, and her experience of at first resonating with a quote she’d seen that her “mother had taught her everything she needed to know except how to live without her.” Marla’s new chapter in life and work is to help others through her writing to find hope and gratitude while navigating the grieving process.

Working on Purpose

Working on Purpose

Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

WORK. For some, its utter lack of perceived significance hurls them into existential crisis, while for others being on the job allows the highest level of fulfillment and even provides a life purpose. We spend a full third of our lives either preparing for work via school or actually being in the workforce. Why not look for ways to maximize the meaning, positive sentiment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores the journey and experiences of how various people navigate their careers toward meaningful work-life integration. Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, and examples on how to get unstuck at work or move to a higher level of meaning or contribution will enjoy tuning in. We’ll hear from everyday people telling their work-life stories and from other authors who have contributed their understanding to the topic of work, careers, and work-life integration. Working on Purpose airs live Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a Speaker and Development and Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. Having developed her career within the Human Capital industry over the last 16 years, today she is focused on coaching individuals from ages 9 to 90 to celebrate who they are and ultimately navigate toward meaningful work-life integration. She also consults with organizations and conducts workshops to increase employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention.

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. Today, she is further developing her “modes of engagement” concept having conducted interview-based research with professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries and is now writing a book about her findings.

Alise is also a college Professor of Psychology and a Gallup-certified Strengths coach. She has lived in Spain and Brazil, traveled extensively across Western Europe, South America, and parts of India, and has some language ability in Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a wife, a mother to a 12-year old daughter, and has served in various community service leadership roles in East Dallas. All these aspects inform Alise’s identity and how she seeks to integrate the work she does within her overall life.

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