Meet Your Camp Atta Cowgirl! Counselors!
Lisa - Your Lead Cowgirl Camp Counselor!
Lisa is a wife, mom, recovering corporate marketing exec, and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of her mostly crazy-happy life. Drawing from the science of happiness and positive psychology, her more than two decades of working in the corporate world, Lisa offers simple, tested actions that can help reduce stress and anxiety and cultivate a lasting sense of wellbeing, at work and in life. But mostly she's a woman who wants to help other women find their voice, power, light and joy! She wants to help you play big, embrace your true self, have fun in life and do whatever it is you are being called to do!
She's had twenty years as a marketing exec for local, national and international companies. She's Certified in Positive Psychology through the Wholebeing Institute, a graduate of the Happiness Studies Academy, studying under Harvard's Tal Ben-Shahar. She is trained in Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, focusing on mindfulness, neuroscience, and emotional intelligence and is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher. She is the founder of Camp Atta Girl!, a fun, campy, and empowering retreat for women and author of the book, “Atta Girl! - The Art of Tapping Into Your Power and Moxie and Living Fearlessly Happy (in the middle of a sh*tshow)” — a guide to getting through tough times using the science of happiness and a little bit of laughter. And she is a believer that anything is possible and of living in full color!
Ellen - Your Cowgirl Camp Counselor!
Ellen Gray is a certified life, career, parent and family coach who loves helping people discover their purpose, passions, and potential, and partners with them as they create their best personal and professional lives. As far back as she can remember, she has been fascinated by understanding human behavior and emotions. Trained in positive psychology, Ellen uses scientifically proven tools and practices designed to help shift her clients’ mindsets, find hope, embrace their strengths, build their resilience, and become happier as they work towards achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. Along with her background in psychology, Ellen brings to her coaching engagements her own personal experiences as a parent raising a challenging child who is now a successful and thriving adult. Inspired by the wisdom traditions, she integrates holistic perspectives and approaches to cultivating mental health and well-being.
In addition to her professional coaching practice, Ellen is a Mental Health Coach at Lyra Health. She is also a TEDx speaker, author, and workshop leader, and has taught developmental psychology as a college instructor. As a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, she finds joy and peace through music and movement. Ellen grew up in Brooklyn, New York (before it was cool) and is grateful to be able to split her time between south Florida and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
Barbara - Your Cowgirl Camp Counselor!
Barbara Newman always wanted to be a cowgirl. Growing up in New York didn’t stop her. She took that can-do spirit and became a global creative director in the ad world, where she left an indelible mark on brand culture. After hearing an NPR story about the American cowgirl, Barbara was so inspired by these strong, courageous women, she left Madison Avenue and found herself in Montana, Wyoming and Texas filming a documentary about their lives. It was out West where Barbara fell in love with the natural world, the power of the landscape, and what it means to be an environmental steward. It was also where she connected with indigenous elders and their wisdom teachings, which sparked her recently published award-winning novel, The Dreamcatcher Codes, her love letter to Mother Earth and all her daughters.
An advocate for building cultural bridges and emboldening women and girls, Barbara facilitates leadership programs for schools and other organizations, and was part of the think tank that inspired the Fred Rogers Center for Children’s Media and Education. Barbara is on the Board of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and is a member of NY Women in Television and Film, and Earth Alliance. She lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western, MA, on Mohican tribal land.