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.

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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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