“Coach, friend, trusted advisor, part psychologist and cheerleader - these are some of the ways to describe Lisa.”

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Areas of Expertise

Functional Experience

• Organizational Effectiveness/ Development
• Change Management
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Employee Engagement
• Career Transition Management

Additional Key Skills

• Large Scale/Cross-Functional Project Management
• Group Facilitation Management
• Stand Up Training Delivery
• Process Improvement
• Diverse Industry Knowledge and Experience

founder & Managing principal

Lisa A. Colten

Lisa A. Colten is a versatile senior level Human Resources Leader/Consultant and Career Transition Coach/Consultant with extensive experience identifying and solving complex organizational problems and issues. Her corporate experience includes HR leadership roles at American Express where she partnered with business leaders in multiple functions and business lines to drive and implement measurable change and achieve performance results.

Lisa is known for being a strategic, intuitive thinker in varied industry environments including financial services, travel, IT, government contracting and non-profit. One of her key strengths lies in creating positive relationships with business leaders and clients through collaboration, communication and strategy planning.

When working either as an HR Consultant or a Career Coach, Lisa enjoys interacting with all levels of employees from administrative and professional individual contributors to senior executives. She provides sound, fact- based counsel to leaders on why a particular initiative is appropriate for their organization and employees alike; as well as offers career transition advice and strategy to a downsized employee as they find new employment.

Many people tell Lisa that she offers insightful practical guidance to her clients. That is the cornerstone and philosophy of Éxzeto and the basis of the work, deliverables, and advice and counsel you will receive from her. She has a passion for sharing knowledge with others and watching them engage, grow and develop as a result of their interaction.

Additionally, she is a linking pin and a connector for her clients. Through her extensive experience, Lisa makes connections and introductions for people and helping them meet others to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Lisa began her career with The Pillsbury Company in HR generalist roles. Next, she spent almost 18 years with American Express, leaving in 2005. After that, she worked as an Independent Consultant, an Human Resources Leader for KnowledgeBank (an HR consulting and outsourcing firm) and in 2009 started working at Lee Hecht Harrison as a Career Transition Coach. She created and founded Éxzeto in 2013.


Get in touch

I am happy to have an initial consultation with you, free of charge so we can learn more about each other. I want to understand your requirements, needs, desires and goals.


State University of New York At Buffalo

• M.B.A. Human Resources
• M.A. Organizational Communication
• B.A. Communication and Political Science

Activities & Affiliations

• Board Member; HIPPY- Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters
• Member- HRLF- Human Resources Leadership Forum
• Member- SHRM- Society of Human Resources Management