Lisa Marie Platske

Award-winning Leadership Expert and Business Strategist

Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer to become the CEO of international leadership training and consulting company, Upside Thinking, Inc.

An award-winning leadership expert, Lisa Marie takes her law enforcement journey which began on the piers in New York and ended post 9/11 and speaks to audiences on what exceptional leaders do differently, how to build a winning strategy to get big opportunities and the power of vulnerability in leadership.

A certified leadership master coach, Lisa Marie has coached mission-driven entrepreneurs and executives on 3 continents and in 20+ different industries — including healthcare, real estate, technology, financial planning, law, insurance, etc. — on how to position their expertise using her 7 Pillars of Leadership™. Her proven success strategies have resulted in her clients getting 6 and 7-figure contracts, lucrative bonuses and promotions, and finding up to 21 “extra” hours in each work week. Simply put, she creates effective leaders.

Her partial past client list includes corporate and government entities such as Honeywell Aerospace, State Farm Insurance, BAXA Healthcare, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pacific, Gas & Electric, Ontario Convention Center, and Perry Ellis International, delivering leadership training and coaching managers and executives.

She earned a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA in Human Resources Training and Development coupled with a certification in leadership and an insightful thesis on the benefits of formal vs. informal mentoring – and is the author of Designing Your Destiny, Connection: The New Currency, 7 Keys to Mastering Connection: The Success Guide to Opportunities, Income, and Influence, and #1 international best-seller Turn Possibilities into Realities.


Lisa Marie’s signature live event, Design Your Destiny Live (, enables participants to walk away with an effective success plan – without having to change who they are.