Resilience by Lisa Lisson

Resilience : Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success

Lisson, Lisa

  • An inspiring book for readers of Sheryl Sandberg and Arlene Dickinson

    Lisa Lisson’s life seemed perfect: she had married her high school sweetheart, applied her marketing degree to a position at FedEx Express Canada, and risen to become a vice president (and would ultimately become president) of the company. One night, after putting their four children to bed, her husband, Patrick, marvelled that their lives seemed perfectly happy.

    Just a few hours later, everything changed.

    One moment Lisa was sleeping beside Patrick, and the next, she was kneeling on the floor beside his unconscious body frantically administering CPR. Patrick had had a massive heart attack and was in a coma, and the doctors were blunt: there was no hope. But for the next two years, Lisa stood by his side and awaited a miracle, while continuing to balance life as a high-powered executive and mother of four.

    Part leadership guide, part memoir of loss, and part personal empowerment primer on how to achieve your goals no matter what the universe throws at you, Resilience is an inspirational story about how to rise to the top in a man’s world, triumph over adversity, lead a fulfilling life, and live each day with purpose and gratitude.


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  • Lisa Lisson is the president of FedEx Express Canada. She has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements and was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2015. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

  • Published: October 2017

    ISBN: 9781770413986

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 240

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“Lisa tells a courageous and powerful story of combining love, pragmatism, determination and passion to create a life in which, despite tragic adversity, she grows to become her best self — both at work and at home — and a role model for us all.” — Kathleen Taylor, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

“Lisa Lisson’s powerful memoir, Resilience, is proof positive that while we’re all subject to life’s hardships, the choices we make in response not only have the power to strengthen and renew us, but define who we are as human beings. Resilience is an inspiration to us all.” — Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications

“What do courage, compassion and unbridled determination look like? The answer can be found in Lisa Lisson’s Resilience. As the father of three girls, I often think of Lisa as a template for all that they might be able to achieve in life, even through very difficult times. Resilience is a must-read for anyone who wonders about the limits of the human spirit.” — John Derringer, Q107 Radio

“I loved reading Lisa’s story — it is so inspirational! With great life lessons, from her incredible positive outlook to her relentless preparation, goal setting, organization and visualization of success, there is something in here for every leader, man or woman, who wants to learn to be more effective, to meet their goals and to conquer challenges, whether personal or professional.” — Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation