Caren has had a diverse career with experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit and higher education sectors. She began her career in investment banking with Credit Suisse, advising large and mid-cap industrial companies on capital raising and strategic growth opportunities before moving into a leadership position as director of the worldwide financial analyst program. In 2003, Caren made a career shift into nonprofit leadership, where she remained for a decade before entering higher education. As a former Associate Director of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA Career Management Center, Caren provided career guidance and individual coaching to MBA students seeking commercial real estate, investment banking, and finance-related positions. She also spent two years leading employer engagement and alumni relations for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, where she had the opportunity to share career insights with both MBA and undergraduate students and lead diversity initiatives for the real estate program. As an Associate Director with NC State’s Jenkins MBA program, Caren provides career coaching support to the full-time MBA population, and manages the Peer Coach program.
Caren earned an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University. She serves on the board of the Stanford Alumni Association of the Triangle, and resides with her family in Apex.
Specialities and InterestsSecond-Year Career Coach
Hometown: Lake Mary, FL / Columbia, SC
- Master of Education, College Counseling and Student Development at NCSU (Anticipated May 2021)
- Bachelor of Science, Mathematics at Wofford College (May 2014)
- Career Counselor, Department of Computer Science, NCSU (6 months)
- Veteran Services Media Engagement, NCSU (6 months)
- All-Source Military Intelligence Officer, US Army Reserves (3 months)
- Account Manager/Data Analyst, MYCA Material Handling (1 year)
- Air Defense Artillery Officer, Space Operations, US Army (4.5 years)
- Provide mock interviewing sessions and student coaching support
- Facilitate students in assessing career needs
- Hiking, Climbing, Soccer, Standup Comedy, Running, and South Carolina Football
“I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” —Lou Holtz
Lisa is the founder/CEO of Capital Coaching, LLC. She established her coaching practice to support mid-career business and IT professionals to manage their careers and help them apply lessons she learned from developing her staff members at Fidelity as well as from her own multiple internal IT and managerial promotions.
Lisa has over twenty-five years of technology experience in the chemicals, state government, supply chain management, and financial services sectors. She launched her career transition from chemical engineering to IT as an entrepreneur and web developer then expanded into corporate roles of analysis, project management, before moving into a leadership position as development manager and then as director of quality assurance engineering at Fidelity Investments. Strong relationships have been a hallmark of Lisa’s career – whether it be in a service or sales capacity working with clients or as a manager and leader of onshore and offshore teams across the US, China, India and Ireland. In her corporate career, she was a mentor, advocate and coach for her many team members. As a volunteer career coach at Dress For Success and as a private practice executive coach, Lisa has provided the insight, advice and inspiration that has helped her clients to achieve their goals.
Lisa received her MBA in 2012 from North Carolina State University – Jenkins Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Finance & Marketing. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Lisa has also completed training as an Authentic Leadership Coach at Raleigh Coaching Academy.
Office Hours by Appointment:
|Mon 6pm – 9pm, Virtually|
|Tues 6pm – 9pm, Virtually|
|Wed 6pm – 9pm, Virtually|
|Thur 6pm – 9pm, Virtually|
|Sun 6:00pm – 9pm, Virtually|