A CONVERSATION WITH LISA SHUMATE
AUTHOR OF ALWAYS AND NEVER 20 TRUTHS TO A HAPPY HEART
ALWAYS AND NEVER: 20 TRUTHS TO A HAPPY HEART: THE COMPANION JOURNAL
We know that trust is more important than any degree, skill or anything else you think you have to offer. Nothing can replace being reliable. Trust is what holds together every important relationship whether at home, work or community.
Everything in my background influenced the book and journal. My Catholic School upbringing, loving parents who set down very clear rules, a career in media that began by learning and sharing everyday as a reporter and roles in management that tested my skills as a leader. Personally, being married for 36 years, a parent for nearly 35 years, aunt, godmother, and now grandmother taught me how important it is for parents to encourage children to try new things, set a good example, and be interested in their interests. Now working at the University of Houston I see that students need and want mentors, to be empowered, and to know that it’s not only safe but expected that they will make mistakes.
#1—the mentee doesn’t understand how much is in their control just by the way they think about their future. They feel powerless.
#6—the mentee is reacting to the world and not listening to their own voice and placing a high enough value on what they have to offer. They feel undervalued or are undervaluing themselves.
#–there is some element of waiting to be discovered, too much emphasis on destination and not enough on the plan. They feel overwhelmed.
My advice centers on the questions and activities in The Companion Journal. It begins with deep self-reflection on habits, greater self-awareness of negative patterns and pointing out options within control. The resulting smile and sense of relief after we talk it through tells me something clicked, a new mindset is taking shape and they’re no longer stuck.
Author Bio: Lisa Trapani Shumate
Lisa Trapani Shumate is Associate Vice President at the University of Houston, General Manager, Houston Public Media, and also serves as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. Houston Public Media is comprised of News 887 (NPR), TV8 (PBS) and houstonpublicmedia.org. She holds national leadership roles with the PBS Board of Directors and the Public Television Major Market Group Board.
Lisa has more than 20 years media management experience, is the recipient of numerous awards and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and participated in an International Business Residency in China. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is a mentor in the University of Houston PropPel Leadership Development Program for high potential staff, serves as Advisor to Public Media Women in Leadership and is also a mentor to the group’s founder, Deanna Mackey. She is a frequent lecturer on topics ranging from leadership to the importance of financial literacy in leadership communication.
Now Lisa is expanding her media footprint to publishing with the goal of sharing wisdom and encouragement to young men and women entering adulthood about things that will always matter in life and career. Lisa’s books, Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart” and its “Companion Journal” will be published in April by LucidBooks.
She resides in Houston with her husband Chris. Together they have two children and a two year old grandson.