Lisa Anselmo – Author and Coach
Finding Purpose in France
with Lisa Anselmo
In her talk, “Finding Purpose in France,” author and coach, Lisa, will share her story, and talk about how disrupting your life (whether intentional or not) can set you on a path toward self-discovery, reinvention—and renewed purpose.
Lisa has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, working on such iconic brands as People, InStyle, and Allure. She’s been everything from a creative director to an opera singer, but ultimately, she has followed her passion for storytelling and inspiring people.
Lisa started traveling to France regularly more than 15 years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. But soon, she had cultivated friends—both Parisians and expats—and eventually built another life across the ocean. After losing her mother to breast cancer, she was motivated to make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank.
She is the author of the memoir My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (St. Martin’s Press), a candid story of a woman searching for hope and healing in France. Her Youtube series of the same name showcases Parisians and expats who, like her, have taken a risk to change their lives.
Lisa’s articles have appeared in New York magazine, AARP, People, The Local France, and Bonjour Paris. She has been featured in New York magazine’s The Cut, Bustle, Travel + Leisure, the BBC, HGTV’s House Hunters International, Rudy Maxa’s World, Taste of France magazine, and International Living, to name a few. More press.