Lisa H. Harrington

About Lisa Harrington

A look inside the author and speaker

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The Author & Speaker

Lisa Harrington is the CEO of Sapphire Enterprises LLC and Lisa H Harrington LLC; she is a Vistage Chair and trusted advisor. Her book, Taking in Strays: Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places, highlights her unique approach to leadership. Her past experiences as COO, CMO, and EVP, plus the thousands of hours of training she has provided to others, have given her unique insight into the secrets of success in many industries. Her goal is to help more people grow and succeed, because she believes that by creating better leaders we create a better world. She holds a B.A. degree in Management and Spanish from Ball State University and has earned several certifications: CPCU, CAE, CRIS, CAM, AIAM, AAI, & AIP.

As a consultant and executive coach, Lisa helps organizations build out their strategic plans, whether it’s to start a new business or take one to the next level. As such, she knows the value of defining your intentions. Lisa’s personal purpose statement is to live in the Truth, to be a friend first, and to serve graciously.

Who am I?  

My Values: Truth – Friendship – Service – Graciousness

What do I do?

My Mission: To help leaders be at their best

Why do I do it? 

My Vision: To guide leaders to be better citizens, thereby helping create a better world for everyone

Trusted Advisor

Lisa is a trusted advisor who will help you excel in your career and find balance in life. You have amazing skills to offer; let her help you bring out the best in yourself! Her book, Taking in Strays: Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places highlights her take on leadership with a heart.

You will benefit from the thousands of hours of training she has provided to others, which has given her unique insight into the secrets of success in many industries. As a Vistage Chair, she facilitates peer advisory groups to help executives grow their businesses 2.2 times faster than average!

She started Sapphire Enterprises LLC in 2009 so she could help more people grow and succeed. She provides keynote presentations, and consulting and training in leadership, sales, change management and more.

Previously, she was Executive Vice President and CMO at IRMI, where she served on the executive committee. She was COO and acting CEO of the Network of Vertafore Users, and also had over 10 years as vice president of education for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents.

With over 30 years’ experience in management, she’s spent time in a variety of roles, including educator, writer/editor, underwriter, sales agent, field rep, and operations manager. She holds a B.A. degree in Management and Spanish from Ball State University and has earned several insurance designations and best practices certifications: CPCU, CAE, CRIS, CAM, AIAM, AAI, AIP. (See CV.)

An avid animal lover and rescuer, Lisa and her husband Paul have rescued dozens of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, and horses.  This inspired the framework of her book, Taking in Strays: Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places, a leadership and motivational book that teaches serious leadership and management lessons in a fun series of animal stories.

Lisa has been president of her church congregation a few times, is an avid reader, loves to swim, and sings in the choir.  Since her Dad was an Army officer she’s seen the world and adapts well to change!

Ms. Harrington resides in Southlake, Texas with her husband and many four-legged loved ones.

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The Book

Taking in Strays

  1. Communication: One reason that using proper body language is so important is that, once a defensive barrier is in place by the recipient of your message, little can be accomplished.
  2. Beauty: Somehow, part of each day should feel playful, or some part of each person’s job should feel fun. This is easier said than done. But if you properly place your employees in jobs that fit their talents, they shouldn’t feel like every day is a grind all day long. There should be parts of the day that feel fun. And you can create a great sense of that by your example as their leader. Are you having fun? Do they know it?
  3. Persistence: Leaders have to know when to say “no” even if our workers are being persistent about a request that we know is not appropriate or could even be harmful to our company, the mission, or the employee himself. Earning the respect and trust of your employees isn’t the same as being their friend or allowing one person’s desires to overshadow the health of the organization.
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Lisa H. Harrington

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Taking in Strays

Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places

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Lisa’s presentations are engaging, fun, and teach serious leadership lessons. 

Sales training is also available.

To book speaking dates, please email your date options and topic preferences to lisa@takinginstrays.com. Nationwide availability by agreement.

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