Employee Engagement Assessment and Consulting
Employee engagement has strong links to customer satisfaction, revenue growth, and profitability. Many companies do not know how their workforce is engaged and are blind to how they are competing with their peers in the marketplace as a result. The Gallup Organization’s 2017 State of the Global Workforce report indicates only 15 percent of the global workforce is fully engaged in their work, meaning putting forth real effort, enthusiasm, and commitment to get the job done. American and Canadian workforces are the most engaged in the globe, though their average engagement is 4 in 10, or 40 percent (with the best-run companies fueled 70 percent engagement).  We can help you assess your company’s engagement levels and develop a plan to markedly improve those critical numbers.
Creating a Purpose-Driven Culture
Employees infused with meaning and purpose are the engine that drives organizational results. How an organization operates and rewards performance is a product of its culture, which must be intentionally designed and daily honored to inspire the desired results from the team. Culture can be described as the unwritten set of values, behaviors, and practices that govern the operation. All too often, company leaders are not aware of their culture and how it positively or negatively contributes to employee performance.  Consider that purpose-driven organizations outperform their peers in the market by an average of 6:1 (according to Jim Collins). We can help you first assess your current state of culture, and then build a custom purpose-driven culture that reflects who you really are, how you provide the product or service you do, and why doing so critically matters.


Vitally Inspired – Living and Leading with Purpose

The Vitally Inspired – Living and Leading with Purpose is a year-long, intensive program for men and women of various leadership levels who are hungry to create a life and career centered in passion, inspiration, and purpose. During monthly concentrated sessions, participants will have a safe and confidential space to engage with fellow leaders from diverse industries. Together, they will deepen their courage and confidence, discover and grow their passion and purpose, and learn to authentically bring themselves to their lives, work, and leadership to make the impact that is deserving of their precious lives. The men and women who graduate the program in December will be transformed into a much stronger, vibrant, confident professional who leads their team to a higher level of inspired performance.


It is incredible to live my purpose through the creation and launch of the public 12-month Vitally Inspired – Living and Leading from Purpose 2019 leadership program and see it transforming and elevating lives. We’re now enrolling participants for 2020 and have three different programs to choose from meeting once per month: Saturday, Friday, or Wed-Thurs evening.

The Pandemic Special: Human Capital Audit

COVID-19 did more than severely interrupt the way of work and life as we know it – it offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to examine all Human Capital processes and procedures inside every organization. Gusto, Now! in conjunction with Alise Cortez and Associates is now offering a special Human Capital audit to forward-thinking and consciously led companies who want to take advantage of the opportunity to revamp their workplace and create one where people not only want to come to work – but thrive! We will audit all your human capital processes and procedures – from recruiting, hiring, onboarding, learning and development, performance appraisal, promotion, success planning, and separation – and give you a score on the Operation: Humanize the Workplace scorecard. We will report on where you are strong and the specific areas you can improve. Investment and time depend on the size of the organization. So, contact us to open a dialogue.

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Discovering our unique purpose as leaders requires authenticity and vulnerability to discover and express in our organization and to our teams. But the rewards are well worth the time and effort it takes to find our specific contribution. Helping each team member discover his or her own purpose and mapping it to the organization’s larger purpose unleashes a bustling, thriving group of individually empowered and motivated people who are committed to performing their best for the organization while actively working for the life they so ardently desire. If you aspire to be the kind of leader who really makes a difference to the lives of the people you’re responsible for and help propel your company’s results, this program is for you.

The most fulfilled individuals and the most successful organizations often view learning and development as a life-long journey of excitement and skill development that also facilitates a healthy bottom line.

Women's Anthology - Submit Your Story Now

“Passionately Striving in ‘Why’: An Anthology of Women Who Persevere Mightily to Live Their Purpose” is a curated anthology. It is a  collection of stories from women from around the world. We are seeking writers eager to share how they discovered their purpose, the contribution they are passionate to make by living it, and how they are striving mightily to stay true to delivering on their path. 

Please click on the link to learn more and submit your story!


Strengths-Based Teams and Leadership
While many professionals recognize they must “overcome weaknesses” in order to have a successful career, they often do so at the expense of maximizing their strengths and thus miss the opportunity to thrive in their organization. By way of synergy, organizations that foster a culture grounded in strengths also register greater levels of productivity, innovation, and retention.  When employees are encouraged to do tasks they really enjoy, they experience increased intrinsic motivation and longer periods of concentration, and thus persist at tasks longer – all of which propel creativity and productivity.  This 6-hour workshop includes the following modules: Introduction to the Strengths Paradigm, Business Case for Strengths, Myths and Truths about Strengths and Weaknesses, Identifying and Communicating Strengths, and Strengths at Play (with an organization-specific work application final exercise).


Modes of Engagement
Do you understand your personal connection to the work you do?  The way we experience our work can be incredibly empowering, unleashing tremendous energy and creativity  – or dismally disappointing and draining. The meaning we ascribe our work has a powerful, synergistic impact on how we experience its relationship to our personal identity – that is, who we are, how we think of ourselves, and how we present ourselves to the world. And that connection between our work and how it may inform our personal identity drives our decisions, behavior, and overall effort. In this 4-hour program, participants will learn their own current mode of engagement, realize the pros and cons that accompany it, and consider ways to adopt other modes of engagement that may better suit their values and goals, if desired. Whether your current mode of engagement is your ideal, this program allows both the organization and the individual to discover ways to enable a more fulfilled, engaged, and productive workplace.  


Chart Your Course – Creating the Life oF PASSION You Really Want

A day for designing the next chapter of your life! In today’s hustle and bustle world, we can find ourselves going through the motions or on “auto pilot,” rather than truly living the life of passion and purpose we really want. Wherever you are, have you considered, what will you do with your one, precious life? In this full-day retreat, you’ll join fellow adventurers on a guided, creative discovery of rest-of-life possibilities. You’ll start by writing a 2-3 page life story and taking the Enneagram assessment (both pre-work), and then in the retreat gain a fresh perspective, develop a clarified vision for your life, consider transition fears and motivators, and build a personal plan of action. Whether you’re 70 or 20, male or female, if you’re stuck and want a fresh start, this program is for you.



Build Your Strong Life (for adults age 19-99)

Working from your strengths not only allows you to feel strong and fulfilled in everything you do, but also gives you a competitive advantage at work.  Yes, you need to be aware of and manage around your weaknesses – but knowing your strengths and truly nurturing them makes all the difference. People who know their strengths gain powerful self-awareness and self-confidence that allows them to fully develop their talents and make the most of who they really are.  Also, individuals who can crisply articulate their strengths gain competitive advantage for career opportunities and set themselves apart from their peers.  This full and interactive 2-hour workshop provides a venue for adults to explore their strengths in in possible or current work settings, consider how to apply their talents to achieve important life goals, and consider how they may best relate to others given their strengths.

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Strong Couples (for people who want to nurture their relationships)

One of the most fundamental drives in a human being is to be understood, for the person we care about to really know who we are, what makes our heart beat and our lives worthwhile. When we can each really “see” and “hear” the other, a whole world of powerful connection opens for us. If only we are willing to take a gaze into our partners, what makes them who they are, and how we connect with them to learn the language of their strengths and share ours with them. If you want a better, more connected, loving relationship with your partner, this is an important investment of your time and energy. You will walk away feeling more understood, knowing more of who you are connected to in the relationship, what causes friction, and how you can leverage who you are for a more connected, intimate relationship of tomorrow.

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Cultivating a Strengths-Based Life – for Youth (ages 9-13) and Their Parents

Kids who are alerted to their strengths early in life gain the advantage of building a satisfying and successful life grounded in their unique talents. They gain powerful self-awareness and self-confidence that allows them to more fully blossom and make the most of who they are. When parents focus on their child’s strengths, they can have an extraordinarily positive impact on his or her development. Further, a child who can crisply articulate her strengths is better positioned for scholastic and future career opportunities. This 2-hour workshop is attended by both the youth and parent(s) and is facilitated by Alise who is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach. Child participants will take the online Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment administered by the Gallup Organization. The workshop provides a guided exploration of the child’s strengths with activities and reflection.

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Discover and Leverage Your Strengths – At School and Work (For students age 14-22)

High school and college students are in a unique stage of life, embarking on their adulthood as they navigate their academic careers. Those students who seek to discover, develop, and apply their talents during this time can build a base from which to leverage them for greater academic and career fulfillment and success now and throughout their lives.  They gain powerful self-awareness and self-confidence that allows them to more fully develop their talents and make the most of who they really are.  Also, students who can crisply articulate their strengths gain competitive advantage for scholastic and future career opportunities and set themselves apart from their peers.  This interactive 2-hour program provides a venue for students to explore their strengths in academia and possible or current work settings, consider how to apply their talents to achieve important life goals, and consider how they may best relate to others given their strengths. This program is facilitated by Alise who is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach.

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Catch Fire Online Communities
Click on this link or the direct  link below to access the Catch Fire website now!



The Catch Fire community is for people who want an ongoing source of inspiration and guidance in their journey to become their best by discovering and cultivating passion, inspiration, and purpose in their lives.  We plan to offer tiers of membership, according to what you’re currently up to and are pursuing.


 When you’re UP to something in life, you need help to stay on course, stay inspired, and accountable. Pick the right community for you:

Rekindle My Inspiration 

For anyone who appreciates an ongoing infusion of inspiration and goodness in their lives to “keep their cups full” and associating with others who value the same

Members receive:

Weekly feed of an inspiring articles and podcast to keep you vitally nurtured

Access to fellow members about what they’re up to and gain encouragement from fellow members to stay inspired


Set My Passions Ablaze 

For people feeling slightly empty in life, wishing to awaken to your energy and passions

Members receive:

Weekly inspiring article and podcast, with content and weekly tools and resources to kindle your passion, cultivate their interests, and bring themselves alive

Monthly new video of Alise sharing a new perspective on cultivating passion, with tools and resources to apply

Access to fellow members for encouragement, support, new ideas


Ignite My Purpose 

For people feeling directionless in life and hungry to discover your purpose and start to find ways to live it

Members receive:

Weekly inspiring article and podcast to keep you vitally nurtured and weekly tools and resources to guide you on the path to find, discover, and grow your purpose.

Weekly new video of Alise sharing a perspective on discovering and growing purpose, with tools and resources to apply

Monthly webcast call with Alise to engage over fresh content about the purpose journey as a group of people UP to something!

Access to fellow members to share their progress and path and hear feedback and encouragement


Hold Me to My Fire

An accountability group for people who are dedicated to achieving a really big and important goal/initiative/dream in a short time period

Members receive:

Daily check in online chat with members to stay present and focused on the goal/dream

Weekly new video of Alise sharing a perspective or idea for members to keep you fed and growing as Dream Runners

Weekly webcast calls with Alise and the group to stay completely on track with the goal or initiative, get guidance and ideas from fellow members, and hold yourselves and the rest of the group accountable to realize their dream

Open access to the library of resources in the community to stoke passion, inspiration, and purpose

Access to fellow members for ongoing support, guidance, and new ideas to keep running hard after their goal/dream


What would you like to see as far as content and resources in any of these groups?

We would love for you to weigh in and help to create this special online community! 

Please send all of your ideas/suggestions and wants/needs to

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