In lead human resources roles at corporate giants like CNN Worldwide and Warner Bros. Discovery, Mary Washington alumna Lisa Greene ’91 learned to anticipate crises and help teams of thousands maneuver through them.

She also learned a thing or two about burnout.

“We all experience stress; there’s no way you can avoid stress,” said Greene, who points in particular to 2020, when she saw CNN through an election year and a pandemic. “Burnout is something much more chronic, where you’re really out of alignment with what you truly want to be doing. It starts to wear you down.”

Now the head of her own Connecticut-based company, Lisa Greene Consulting LLC, she’s back on track, using lessons she learned as a psychology major at Mary Washington to do more of the work she loves – executive coaching and short-term consulting. She’ll share her story next week when she returns to her alma mater as the 2023 Psychology Graduate-in-Residence. Her talk, a free public lecture called “Not This: A Tale of Burnout,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m., in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.

“It starts with awareness and really taking the time to understand how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way,” said Greene, who during her UMW visit will also present about her human resources work to classes and speak to students interested in pursuing related careers. “If a college student could learn early on to be mindful of some of the ways I got to that point, they might be able to avoid getting there in their own careers.” Read more.