About

Dr. Alise Cortez is a Purpose/Engagement Catalyst, Speaker, Consultant, Researcher, Published Author, and Radio Show / Podcast Host based in Dallas, Texas. Her career in Human Capital / Organizational Excellence spans more than 20 years. Today she and her team are focused on helping companies, leaders, and individuals across the globe to cultivate meaning and purpose in their leadership and work to achieve greater fulfillment, higher engagement, more impactful results, and harmonic work-life integration. She is a sought-after speaker, and consults with organizations to increase employee engagement, improve performance, and develop purpose-driven culture and leadership.

Alise began her human capital career in 1998 as a staffing professional at Analysts International, corporate recruitment consulting at VoiceStream/T-Mobile, and HR System implementation and change management consulting at Hewitt Associates and PepsiCo. She co-founded and served as VP of Sales & Marketing at Improved Experience, a consulting firm that offered online feedback solutions and research for the Human Resource and Recruiting industry. For more than a decade since, she has been focused on igniting meaningful development that increases employee engagement, inspired performance, leadership effectiveness, and retention within organizations

After completing a Bachelors in Liberal Studies and a Masters in Liberal Studies (focusing on International Relations with South America), Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.  Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity.  Today, she is writing a book about her extended post-doctoral research that yielded 15 “Modes of Engagement,” a deep inquiry into how 115 people aged 18 to 80 from multiple industries experience meaning in their work in relation to their identity.

Alise also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Southern Methodist University in the Communications Department and does so in part to stay connected to the Millennial generation to help them and their first employers effectively interface with each other. She has lived in Spain and Brazil, and traveled extensively across Western Europe, South America, and parts of Asia and Oceania. She is conversationally comfortable in Spanish and Portuguese and has some language ability in French and Italian.

Alise is a Humanistic/Positivist psychology-educated professional and strives to catalyze individuals’ inherent drive toward self-actualization and expression of their unique capabilities and creativity. She is constantly working to awaken and realize her own potential and absolutely delights in guiding and inspiring clients to do the same. She endeavors to enjoy a full life with frequent travel outside the US, hosting numerous and large gatherings with good food and beverage, and being an active leader in her Dallas community.  Alise has served on the following Boards in Dallas: YMCA at White Rock (past Chairman of the Board), Lakewood Service League (past President and fundraising Event Chair), Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation (past Needs Assessment Chair), Dallas Staffing Association (past VP of Professional Development and Diversity), and the Dallas Running Club (past Co-Race Director).

Specialties Include
  • Employee Engagement
  • Effective Communication
  • Workplace Fulfillment and Well-Being
  • Purpose-Driven Leadership
  • Purpose-Based Organizational Design
  • Assessing and Changing Organizational Culture

 

Why Choose Alise
  • 20 years of experience in the human capital industry, including talent acquisition, employee learning and development, employee engagement, leadership development, and talent retention, culture assessment/change, and organizational design and development
  • Research-grounded subject matter expert in meaning and purpose
  • “Down-to-earth” approachability and authentic connection with the audience
  • Language talents in English (native), Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian

 

What Alise Cortez and Associates do / specialties
  1. Speaks to enlighten, enliven, and empower her audiences to go after the life and work they so deeply desire
  2. Catalyzes personal, professional, and leadership transformation that increases effectiveness, improves relationship for deeper connection, and increases the impact of results
  3. Procures and engages dynamic thought leaders on her radio podcast to help listeners across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work
  4. Creates and provides useful and effective tools and resources that help people access possibility, growth, and higher levels of performing and leading

 

Certifications and Affiliations


 

What Clients Are Saying


 

I have worked with Alise Cortez for two years on our Women in Leadership Forum – a networking event focused on addressing issues facing women in Pharma. Alise has been an absolute pleasure to work with on this project; her friendly and professional manner instantly engages attendees and puts the room at ease.  A skilled moderator, Alise worked extensively with our panelists pre-event to ensure everyone felt comfortable with the agenda points and led the discussion seamlessly on the day of the event – not an easy task! It’s a privilege to work with Alise and I very much looking forward to our continued collaboration.

Tara Dougal

Head of Content, UBM

Alise is a captivating speaker with outstanding insights about Employee Engagement. She’s a tireless and dedicated researcher who is able to present complex ideas in direct and understandable language. Her infectious energy and wisdom about human relationships is reflected in the great work that she does.

Mark Snyder

Regional Leadership Forum Facilitator, Society for Information Management

If you’re looking for a motivational speaker for your event … or an invigorating bolt of lightning to inspire your team … no one I know “brings it” quite like Dr. Alise Cortez. If you want to inspire your team or audience with a deeper sense of purpose, and get people believing in not only their abilities to do ore, but increase their passion to DO more… then talk to Alise.

Shawn Anderson

#1 ranked Author in "Motivation" and "Self-Help" and Founder, Extra Mile America

Quite possibly the sole catalyst in my drive to push forward and accomplish my current endeavors in the field of psychology. She is extraordinary with an uncanny ability to inspire and spark change. I highly recommend anyone in the position to witness her skills to do so!

Kevin Hall

Former Student

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Alise Cortez for over a decade. Her ability to create new understanding in the management/leadership development arena and apply that into scintillating classroom experience is unparalleled! I highly recommend her and her work and partner with her at every opportunity!

Michael Rochelle

Manager, Leadership Consultant, CRM Associates

Alise delivered an engaging and customized Keynote Speech to rejuvenate our group of dedicated career services professionals from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers at the end of a long recruiting season.  She inspired great discussion around the meaning of our work and generated a renewed mission for each individual to reconnect with their individual source of positive energy.  Alise has a captivating spirit that is contagious. She was the best speaker for our professional development event.

Alicia T. Love, M.A., M. Ed

Assistant Director, Employer Relations at Southern Methodist University, President of DFW Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers

Alise spoke at my firm’s women’s leadership group.   Her topic of engagement and retention was spot on to what we needed and was delivered in a way that motivated everyone in the room.  Alise is passionate about what she does and was relatable to various levels of professionals attending the program.   She encouraged participation and got results, which is typically a challenge with a room full of accountants.  I would highly recommend Alise as a presenter and would gladly bring her in for future programs.

Susan Powell

Partner, Whitley Penn

Great presentation skill and keeping the attendees engaged. I have taken 2 sessions with you and I have to say you keep it real and very interesting.

Monica Swafford

Manager, IT BVM Sales and Marketing Business Analysis, DIRECTV

Renaissance woman. Helping people. Intelligent radio discourse. Expert in a field of “Working on Purpose”. Multi-lingual, broad academic background, lived overseas. Impeccable style.

Paul Garrett

Testing and Assessments, Center at Austin Community College

Alise Cortez brought her strong presence and formidable skills to San Antonio. She moved the needle not only for the corporate side of things but impacted our foundation’s talented committee. She finished with a big bang by training a diverse group of youth at Restore Education, one of our preferred partners. I witnessed the awakening as it unfolded which was palpable not to mention the ROI it will bring on all three trainings! Thank you Alise Cortez you are a dynamo.

Martha Barnes

Founder, Full Force Foundation

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Alise facilitating a Strengths workshop with college students in Madurai, India December 2014.

 

Media Links

Interview with Dr. Wanda Wallace – Inspirational Leadership and the Importance of Leading from Purpose

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/108237/what-inspiring-leaders-do-that-the-rest-of-us-can-copy

Interview with Judy Hoberman, Host of Selling in a Skirt – Being Engaged at Work and Why It’s Important to Business Results

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/209-Selling-In-A-Skirt-27264195/episode/being-engaged-28581685/

Interview with Silke Schwarzkopf, Executive Producer / 2nd Act TV on You Tube, Living a Fulfilled Life, Finding Passion and Meaning in Life after 50

http://bit.ly/2mFn5Jc or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv21qz2XLTQ&t=41s

Interview with Silke Schwarzkopf, Executive Producer / 2nd Act TV on You Tube, Finding Passion and Meaning in Life After Going Through Divorce

http://bit.ly/2lz1zpd or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOfWNNugVHg&t=84s

Interview with Silke Schwarzkopf, Executive producer / 2nd Act TV on You Tube, Following Your Dreams After 50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5saYyX7jMeE&t=73s

Kimberly Davis, Founder of OnStage Leadership and Author of Brave Leadership, wrote this blog about Alise’s leadership: A friend blogged about my leadership: https://onstageleadership.com/blog/2015/11/23/thankful-for-leaders-of-leaders/

Kimberly Davis, Founder of OnStage Leadership and Author of Brave Leadership, wrote this blog about Alise’s view on value and recognition to engage employees: https://onstageleadership.com/blog/2014/06/05/do-they-know/

Interview with Irma Vargas, Be Brilliant – Enjoy the Journey with Alise Cortez (Strengths-Based Leadership): http://www.rhgtvnetwork.com/media/311964

Interview with Joy Schwartz, Exploring Life and Career Transitions  http://www.oneideaaway.com/tcv010-exploring-life-and-career-transitions-with-alise-cortez/

Interview with Stephanie and Anna Scheller, Sales and Talent Recruitment https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/black-belt-selling/e/50428446?autoplay=true

Interview with John Sumser of the HR Examiner, Finding Meaning in Work https://www.hrexaminer.com/hrx-big-ideas-radio-episode-2-finding-meaning-in-work-with-alise-cortez-phd/ 

Interview with Chris Dyer of TalentTalk, Mobilizing Talent to Catapult Performance, Alise being interviewed about Working on Purpose: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/209-TalentTalk-27264179/episode/alise-cortez-and-edgar-papke-27505846/

Interview with Sarah Webb of Plaid for Women, Engagement and Purpose at Work https://podfanatic.com/podcast/plaid-radio-by-plaid-for-women/episode/plaid-radio-episode-6-dr-alise-cortez

Women’s Leadership Conference with Alise Cortez speaking on Women Taking Charge of Their Lives (no audio): http://www.cornerstoneleague.coop/wlc_cortez.html

Book citation in Joyce Lain Kennedy’s Cover Letter for Dummies

https://books.google.com/books?id=Rm55cbpOw-UC&pg=PT21&lpg=PT21&dq=alise+cortez&source=bl&ots=46TuDJbOYT&sig=Z6qLeiYh4m1cglYTtyO_PIDP7tQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHkLaGmtTZAhWk0YMKHSmcCSo4HhDoAQg3MAM#v=onepage&q=alise%20cortez&f=false

Interview with Jean Oursler, Get More Results https://b2btv.tv/get-more-result-tv-with-jean-oursler-and-guest-alise-cortez-s2e4/