As Amy Lazarus, she grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, was editor of her high school newspaper and salutatorian of her class, graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and went on to a successful career with General Electric. Since 2009 she has been a managing partner with ArchPoint Consulting, a global boutique consulting firm.
As Liz Lazarus, she is the author of a psychological thriller, Free ofMalice, based on events that happened to Amy while a senior at college. She was living off campus in an area called Home Park when she was jarred awake by the sound of her bedroom door crashing open. She surprised even herself at her ability to fight back before this would-be rapist eventually fled.
Liz never intended to write a fiction novel—she had other ambitions on her bucket list—a career at GE, living in Paris and learning to speak French, receiving her executive MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, earning her pilot’s license, and co-producing a music CD with her best friend, Thomas Barnette. But as she describes it,“the book wouldn’t leave me alone—it kept nudging me to write it to the point that I could no longer ignore its calling. And now that the book is done, I look back and realize what a rewarding journey it has been.”
Liz lives in Atlanta, is engaged to fiancé, Richard, and is a partner at a consulting firm focused on strategic planning. When she is not working, Liz enjoys reading, traveling, and spoiling Buckwheat, their cat.
Lessons from the Show
Liz talked to us about her career at GE, transitioning to an independent consulting role, and writing a novel and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Not only can and should you work on your bucket list while in a corporate job – let them know what you want! – but you will be valued for what you accomplish;
- It’s never too late to do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do….and the timing may be even better!;
- Writing is a great source of healing, something that’s available for all of us!.
This is episode # 116