Lisa M. Sanchez is the vice president for Employee Experience and Engagement (Human Resources) at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She leads a team dedicated to enriching the experiences and engagements for faculty and staff. Critical to this work is Sanchez’s direct work in what she calls ABIDE (access, belonging, inclusion, diversity and equity) as well as organizational culture.  With this bandwidth of experience, Sanchez has been interviewed in publications and served on numerous panels on ABIDE, organizational culture, and The Future of Work as it relates to managing through and out of the pandemic.

She is featured in PrimeTime55+, a Who’s Who of influential and phenomenal black women in electoral politics, advanced degrees, education, public advocacy and business ownership, and a proud member of a powerful collective #WinWithBlackWomen.

Sanchez is the author of “Looking for Love in a Garbage Can. A Journey of Healing: How I Survived an Alcoholic Environment.”  It chronicles her difficult childhood living in a violent and dysfunctional alcoholic environment. It’s a riveting tale of surviving her father’s drunken episodes, child molestation, and many dysfunctional relationships she would also encounter. Yet, her story also describes healing and a journey of forgiveness and self-discovery through self-empowerment.  She has appeared on television, radio, podcasts and magazine features to tell her story of resilience and perseverance.

Looking for Love in a Garbage Can: A Journey of Healing – How I Survived an Alcoholic Environment

She is the Founder and CEO of JustDigIn2It LLC, a life coach business created to help people who come from dysfunctional families and relationships break through their challenges and mental blocks so they can live more fulfilled and productive lives.

She is the co-founder of The Positive Platform: Lifting and Living with Lisa and Lori, a company formed to provide educational and leadership development programs to inspire and empower HR practitioners, executives, women and girls to be the best versions of themselves to succeed personally and professionally.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Sanchez received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is a certified professional life coach.


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