Coach of the Month – Lisa La Valle-Finan


Name:  Lisa La Valle-Finan

Title:  Expat Career Coach | Intercultural Practitioner | Author

Business Name:  Expat Whisperer

Client Testimonials

Six Word Bio:  Expat whisperer by profession, flâneur by choice.

Niche/Specialties:  Expat Career Coach, Expat Spouse/Partner Support

Expat Experience: My international experience is based on 20 years of living and working abroad including Greece, first as an exchange student, then as a magazine editor for Greece’s Weekly for Business & Finance and TEFL instructor; in the hospitality field and freelance journalism in the north of rural England; later as a travel and tourism sales rep in Spain; and more recently coaching and delivering trainings in Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

Languages Spoken:  Conversant in basic French, Italian, and Greek

Life Experience:  Impassioned by a lifetime of curiosity about countries, people, and their cultures, I draw upon many years of my own expatriate life-work experience, that’s not only useful, but essential and often transformative.

Accomplishments:  I’ve authored numerous business guides and content contributing to the body of intercultural literature including: Global Living Magazine, The Greek National Herald, HuffPost, New Jersey Magazine, and I’m pouring all my experience into a culture shock survival guide for American expats to hack life abroad. I’m honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Pastoralist Child Foundation dedicated to eradicating harmful traditional practices in Kenya through mobilization and education; a cause I’ve worked tirelessly on for over 25 years. As a member of the Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life Advisory Team, you can listen to my “Globalist Gal Minute” podcasts on New York’s WOR 710 + iHeart Radio, iTunes, and SoundCloud. I relish the opportunity to speak to groups and moderate panel discussions including SHRM New York City Chapter, Global Business HR, Duty of Care, SIETAR Europa Congress – Dublin 2017, and Working Mother Magazine Conference. Quoted in Forbes Woman, and PRI’s The World, I’m also a member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research and the International Coaching Federation. I’ve guest-lectured on global business practices and management ethics at CETYS Universidad Baja Mexico; IBM Graduate School of Management Nice, France; and, CUNY Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.

What I Love About Working in This Niche:  Being needed by other experts who are really smart and really good at what they do. It’s pure joy to support thoughtful, fascinating, and curious people who work for a variety of MNC’s, like BNP Paribas, Christie’s Auction House, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, Maybelline, TOTAL, Sanofi, SIRVA, Unilever, Vanguard. Knowing that what they’ve learned during our sessions.

Coaching Style:  Conversational. Affable. And unvarnished (in a good way!) I’d like to think I’m a disrupter who is reframing the practice, with delight.

Favorite Coaching Tool:  My “sixth sense” for cultural insights. And then demonstrating how these unseen, and more profound forces, play out at work.

Why Clients Choose Me as Their Coach:  I’m a trusted adviser who fosters smooth transitions for throughout the expatriate life cycle, to cope with culture shock and adapt to unfamiliar surroundings. They know, by the end of our coaching sessions, I’ve guided them safely to the place where “foreign feels more familiar.” Because I help them discover their untapped potential.  And reveal how the invisible hand of culture drives human behavior in ways they never imagined!

A Tip for My Niche:  Although exulansis exists, encourage your expat clients not to “give up trying to talk about their expat experience, just because others are unable to relate to it.”


Contact Details




This entry was posted in Coach of the Month, Expat Coaching, Featured and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

About the Author

« View other Coaches of the Month

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Stay Connected

  • Our Sponsors

  • Newsletter Signup

Copyright © 2019 Expat Coach Association