Lisa Kotasek is a grateful wife and mother to five awesome kids, ages 3 to 11. An attorney focusing on Education and Employment Law, a certified mediator, and a professional development trainer, she enjoys connecting people. Her home parish, the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, is a special place where she found her village of friends, a home away from her Ohio hometown. Her Homeplace, her own home, is her workplace, where she enjoys playing with her children, learning to cook with her new Thermomix, listening to music on the back porch sipping Pull Espresso made by her sweet husband Mark, and the location for the infamous annual "Work Christmas Party" where we all receive glowing performance reviews from each other.
Lisa enjoys serving as a business consultant for local businesses, practicing law part-time in CT and NY, speaking on podcasts, and managing book signing events. She loves hosting podcasts in her dining room. Her favorite date is a Saturday night in with Mark cooking dinner and paring it with wine from their cellar (a fancy word for their toy-filled basement with walls of red crayon artwork and stacks of Rubbermaid bins of clothes ready to be worn for the fifth time, next to a few wine racks, some spiders and a bit of dust). She loves one-on-one dates with each of her kids, each with a different favorite ask or special secret date location.
Traveling to Ohio to her hometown makes her as happy as the grand kids are to see their grandparents, and now the joy of visiting a beach town of Murrell's Inlet to visit Mark's parents adds excitement and salty water memories. She sneaks away once in awhile on work trip extended weekends with Mark and walks for hours all day laughing and flirting her way to a romantic evening dinner. An occasional getaway with her own mother is key to celebrating that special bond, along with wine, chocolate, and sunshine.
She founded Homeplace Wisdom in 2012 to encourage vocational development for Catholic women and all of our friends of all denominations. For the wisdom she has gained by the myriad expert speakers, she is eternally grateful, and for the laughs and nights away, she is refreshed and renewed when she returns home.
Her tagline for life is Celebrate Everything.