It all began with salmon cakes, grits, and toast.

My home in Philly was a safe space for a handful of Black women to gather and share their most intimate challenges.

Every month we gathered in my home, shared a delicious breakfast, played our favorite gospel music, and prayed.
That time together grounded us, inspired hope, and facilitated change.

Then it all came tumbling down.

My husband of 10 years walked out on me and our five children.


Undergraduate School

At 33 years old, with five children (ages 6 months to 8 years old) in tow, I enrolled in undergraduate school and earned my Bachelor’s Degree.


A few years later, I started my corporate career.

I drove 144 miles a day, four to six days a week for $13 an hour. In just three years I advanced to a senior role.


My grind didn’t stop there.

In deciding to use my knowledge to become a coach, I took my coaching to another level by earning a Master of Science in Executive Coaching.


I’m one of the first 24 people in the U.S. to do it.

I did so primarily because I realized the importance of having a deeper understanding of how to help leaders—Black women leaders—advance and excel in their careers. Black women face challenges unlike any other race or ethnicity. We deserve an executive coach who understands our unique experiences. 


I know what Black women need.

This is why I dedicated my practice to developing Black women; I turned my personal growth system into a research-based program to help high-performing women leaders around the globe. Learn more about my exclusive E.D.G.E. Process here and how I’ve used it successfully with hundreds of corporate executives to help them advance and grow their careers. 

Or schedule a consultation  with me to see how I can help you reach your own professional goals.


Lisa Medley is a dynamic leader and gifted executive coach passionate about using her knowledge and expertise to address the challenges Black women face in the workplace. With a corporate career that spanned more than 16 years, her experience as a senior executive at a Fortune 50 financial institution gave a clear understanding of the gaps that exist for women of color seeking to advance into leadership roles. She is committed to helping Black women lead with confidence, build resilience, and gain more influence.

As the founder of Lisa Medley Executive Coaching (LMEC), a global executive coaching firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC, she provides professionals and teams a safe space to assess their strengths and opportunities, build their strategic advantage, and expand their contributions through strong leadership. One of just 24 individuals holding a Masters of Science in Executive Coaching, Lisa is a certified Executive Coach through the ICF, the leading global organization for coaches. Dedicated to her craft, she holds an additional coaching certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

She has served clients at some of the world’s top corporations including Amazon, Capital One, Lyft, Facebook, Salesforce, and US Bank. She’s also been a featured Coach at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, National Organization of Minority Architects, and the International Coach Federation Charlotte.

Lisa’s clients describe her coaching as transformational and life changing. She has helped numerous career professionals, corporate leaders and company teams successfully navigate and overcome challenges that can get in the way of their growth. By balancing experience with strategy, powerful questioning, and empathetic listening, she enables her clients to advance in their careers with confidence.