Lisa Whaley, a New Fairfield resident and author of Reclaiming My Soul from The Lost and Found, recently launched The Lisa Whaley Solid Foundation Fund for Youth under the New Fairfield Community Foundation, a non profit organization.
felt driven to start the fund after dealing with many challenges with her
own teenage daughter which she
details in her
"The youth of today are all at risk.
It doesn't matter what kind of family they come from, what their race is, or even if they are a good student or a poor one.
We live in a society where with just the click of a mouse, kids have more information available than ever before.
The pressures to fit in are greater than ever.
I want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, academically, socially and culturally," Whaley
The purpose of the fund is to ensure that community programs designed specifically to assist youth, such as mentoring programs, don't fall apart for lack of funding.
herself has been a mentor for six years to Kerry Ann Johnson, a Danbury resident who is a senior at WestConn and plans to attend Law school at Yale or Columbia.
has committed to donate a portion of her
book proceeds and fees from speaking engagements to the fund.
"I've been tremendously blessed in my life and after surviving my own perfect storm of life recently, I wanted to find a way to give back to the community," Whaley
In Reclaiming My Soul from the Lost and Found, Whaley details the events that were taking place behind the scenes in her personal life as she climbed the corporate ladder to a Vice President position at IBM.
gives readers a very honest and candid view of her
perspective as a woman, trying to have it all and at the same time, practically losing everything in the process - her
marriage and her
Whaley states she
faltered when she
core values and allowed the boundaries between work and life to become blurred.
also strayed from her
spiritual beliefs, forgetting about the strong spiritual foundation that she
had been raised with.
"I am so grounded now and am trying to have a well-lived life with Christ at the center."
Whaley left IBM in April and started her own company, Life Work Synergy, LLC.
company's mission is to help individuals find realistic solutions to finding synergy and harmony between their professional, personal and spiritual lives.
These days she
stays busy out on the speaking circuit speaking at major corporations, Universities and Churches
also provides executive and life coaching to individuals and corporations as well as running workshops.
teaches, motivates and inspires others to reach new levels of achievement while maintaining a well-lived life.
Visit Lisa Whaley
web site: www.lifeworksynergy.com