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Dr. Lizette Warner


Lizette Warner, PhD

Leadership Maven

Hi my powerful friend!

You can call my Lizette (sounds like Liz + ette from Corvette). I help professionals break through career problems without feeling isolated or alone.

I wrote a book for you, it's called Power, Poise, and Presence about an unconventional way for you to lead.


I'm excited your curious about me!

I'm the youngest of four and with nothing but my wits, gifts, and passion, I’m proud to have worked in tech before ditching it all and, with kids in tow, moving across the country to pursue my dream of getting a PhD back when I didn’t even know what a PhD was.


During that time, my husband lost his job — there we were, all four of us, no income, and me in school. Can you say panic? Instead of quitting school, I buckled down, studied, and finished my work to graduate and support my family.

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One of the things I’m often asked is “How on earth do you do it all?”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been able to carry heavy loads and been insatiably curious about how the body works, so I pursued my PhD at Mayo Clinic and applied myself to studying biomarkers. After working in health tech and leading teams, I got curious about human potential. I wanted to know how to unleash human potential and what makes people feel powerful, poised, and present.


After getting a coach for my career progression, I got my coaching certification to help others. I discovered my healthcare background and coaching expertise were coming together and I was helping people become the person they most wanted to be.


I coined the term “Perfect poise isn’t perfect” because I discovered this principle in my life and helped my clients get past their fears, anxieties, and insecurities of the unknown.


From working in healthcare, leading global teams, serving on biomarker task groups, being a leadership coach, and publishing my debut book, Power, Poise, and Presence, I’m undeniable proof that…

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If you dream it, you can do it.

Because when you are whole, you create a better world.


Being your whole self includes using your unique gifts and talents, your personality, your sense of humor and your quirks.


Whether you are a scientist or not, I believe a scientific approach of experimenting and observing is crucial to fully blossom in the modern world. Scientists try new things, observe, make hypotheses, fail spectacularly, and don’t get stuck to a particular way of thinking.


No matter what your dreams or obstacles are, you have the power to change your life, one experiment at a time.


This philosophy, a dogged amount of hard work and experimentation have led to some amazing milestones

I went from baby from a small town to Mayo Clinic Graduate to TEDx speaker


Born the youngest of four to immigrants. I grew up on the streets in southside Chicago. We moved to Texas when I was 5.


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I was invited to be the keynote student commencement speaker for my Mayo Clinic graduating class.



I was invited to speak on a TEDx stage and had a brilliant time sharing my Power, Poise, and Presence story, leading to the Power, Poise, and Presence book.

From these events to many others, I continue to learn new things daily and expand my ideas about what it means to live a powerfully, poised, and present life.

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Which brings me to you

I’m here to serve— to create a world full of powerful, poised and present people. Through our free content, leadership coaching programs, group programs and anything else I might offer — I’m in this to make a difference in the world. I want to help you go be brilliant.


After I got married, I recall hearing almost daily “Go be brilliant” anytime I had a project, event or high stakes meeting to direct. My husband has always been my most dedicated fan. His rallying cry to me has become my rallying cry to others. “Go be brilliant” isn’t just a tag line for me. It is a way of life.

I truly want to help you be brilliant to go shine in the world. I promise you I’ll bring my goofy, quirky lighthearted humor, my honesty, thought provoking antics and my unshakable belief in you.


If you’ve read this far, thank you (would you be willing to be a beta reader for my next book?). I hope this is the beginning of our relationship and work together. I’d love to learn more about you, truly. The best way to share about yourself and stay connected with me is to make sure you become one of my insiders —sign up by entering your name and email.


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