Best known for her XM and Sirius radio Lisa Oz Show and as co-host of the Dr. Oz radio show, Lisa also runs a media and investment consulting business and directs a production company: yes, Lisa is a very busy woman! Lisa is the author of US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most and co-author of five bestsellers including YOU: The Owner’s Manual Series. On top of her professional successes in the media world, Lisa’s focus on the integration of health, well-being and spirituality has led her to become a Reiki Master and begin writing self help books.
Q: Please share with us the story of how your professional journey began and has brought you to where you are today.
A: I began my professional life as an actress and segued into writing and producing over the years.
Q: Who is a leader that you have great respect for and why?
A: Sadly, I am not particularly inspired by our current political leaders. I feel the relationship between government and special interests (big business, unions, etc.) does not support the common citizen. I admire any leader who acts on conviction with integrity rather than on political expediency.
Q: I love the quote “the bigger the vision, the smaller the first step”. Right now, what is the big vision you have for your career?
A: I’ve been thinking about producing independent films again, but am still hesitating over that first small step.
ON Career Transitions
Q: I don’t feel like this topic is talked about enough in business news. Professionals get laid off, fired, resign or change careers all the time–which can obviously be a difficult transition at first. What was the hardest career transition in your life and how did you grow from it?
A: Realizing that having a career based solely on supporting my husband (producing his show, co-authoring his books and co-hosting his radio program) was never going to fully satisfy my own ambitions inspired me to author my first book.
ON Starting Out
Q: If you had a young sister or a daughter who was a senior in college, anxious about landing her first job or unsure of what she wanted to do, what would your advice be to her?
A: I would encourage her to spend some time figuring out what she loved to do. Even if she had to take a “day job” to make the rent, a career should be something she is passionate about.
Q: What do you think is the key to happiness?
A: I think to some extent happiness is a choice we make every day by deciding what we focus on. When we approach our lives with gratitude, compassion and a commitment to growth we are choosing to be happy.
Q: What are you most passionate about, and how do you incorporate it into your career or everyday life?
A: I am most passionate about my relationships with the people who are closest to me. It is the focus of pretty much everything I do, including my book and radio show.
Q: Life is full of setbacks. Can you share an experience of one, and how you were able to bounce back?
A: The last film I produced did not get picked up for distribution. I was extremely disappointed but distracted myself by focusing on a treatment for a television show with my husband, Mehmet as the host. It got picked up by the Discovery Channel and launched his media career.
ON Giving Back
Q: What cause(s) have you chosen to support and why does it resonate with you?
A: My husband and I share a deep concern over the growing rate of childhood obesity, so we formed Healthcorps, a foundation that teaches teenagers in underserved communities about nutrition, exercise and mental resilience.
Q: Oprah has that great section in her magazine “What I know for sure.” What do you know for sure?
A: That I know nothing for sure.
Q: What are the top 3 things that you do to stay healthy?
A: I eat a plant-based diet, run four days a week and practice yoga as often as possible.
Q: What do you believe is the secret to finding the right person and maintaining a long term, good relationship?
A: Getting your ego out of the way whenever you can.
Q: How do you balance career and motherhood?
A: Motherhood has always been the priority.
Q: Which book(s) has had the most significant impact on your life and why?
A: The Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg formed the foundation of my understanding of God, mankind and the world. I was also powerfully influenced by Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces.