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Being a seventh generation descendant of Sequoyah and remaining true to her Cherokee culture and Language whether it was receiving an Oscar, Grammy or traveling to Italy to promote her message of self improvement, may be just a few of the most obvious reasons why world renowned author, doctor of exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Lisa Christiansen is the reason so many choose Lisa as their “sherpa to their Everest.”
Lisa Christiansen, who speaks Cherokee fluently and has always been proud of her Cherokee heritage, was born in the capitol of Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah as Gi-Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee to (Sosti) Mary Ann Groundhog on Sept. 4, 1966. She did not attend school immediately and did not learn to speak English until she was 10. She attended school in Briggs and iss an active member of Cedar Tree Baptist Church, also in Briggs.
Losing her mom at a young age, Lisa was raised by her aunt and uncle Mack and Fayola Vann, whom she came to know and love as her parents. Her first job was at the age of two at the Tsa-La-Gi Indian (Cherokee) Village now known as the Heritage Center in Tahlequah. The family received general assistance and commodities from the tribe and her uncle (papa) hunted for food for the family. He still hosts an annual hog fry for her birthday and other special occasions throughout the year at the family home in Briggs Community.
Christiansen, who has lived an amazing life in the company and as a consultant to movie stars, combines her career, talents, education and the Cherokee way of life to help people especially children both in her home town of Lawton and globally. She has traveled world wide to study and motivate human potential. Dr. Christiansen studied as a master of self-improvement and human-needs psychology earning degrees in psychology, and a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences. She says her mentors were Sequoyah “Gist” Guess who was also her fifth great-grandfather and Tony Robbins.
Dr. Christiansen remains true to her faith in God. She is a contributing author in the third compilation volume of the best-selling series telling her story “Thank God I Wasn’t Wanted.” The book, she says, also includes a motivational theme that claims “to bring forth your true self to identify what has been holding you back and then provides an action plan to ‘redesign your life’ through skills to master the art of communication, leverage and success conditioning.”
Lisa has written several inspirational books but is most proud of her work that combines both her faith and Cherokee upbringing. They include “The New Testament-Cherokee Translation from Sequoyah,” which reflects the translation by the American Bible Society in 1860 from Christianity to Cherokee. She is also the author of “Cherokee Lessons Made Easy: The Birth of NLP” (Neuro Linguistic Programming Native Coding. “I believe that we as Natives are the beginning of Neuro Linguistic Programming and science proves that NLP began with us,” she says. The Cherokee Hymn Book, written in the Cherokee Syllabary, is inspired by earlier works but was rewritten for future generations, she says.
Her autobiography tells of Dr. Christiansen as a young mom having to spend one Thanksgiving in the car with her daughter and after achieving financial success became the impetus for her Lisa Christiansen Foundation which provides food for needy families during the holidays in her city of Lawton. “I’ve traveled all over and I’ve met many interesting people. But I’m always happy to come back home to Tahlequah which I do pretty regularly to visit my papa and other members of my family and friends,” she says. “Besides, I get to talk my Language when I’m there,” she says.
In addition to her many achievements, Dr. Christiansen is the CEO of several companies in San Diego, Ca., and is a strong advocate against domestic violence. She has founded “Take Action Foundation to search alternative cures for cancer, and includes Cherokee cures taught to her by her father Mack Vann, and the “Take Action Foundation” which supplies help for low-income children. Though she’s not one to boast, Dr. Christiansen is most famous for her favorite hobby as a cyclist and has been known to ride up to 100 miles a day, with dedication to promoting health, nutrition and fitness in her daily routine.
A life coach, motivational speaker, business consultant, and personal empowerment expert with more than two decades of experience in her field, Dr. Lisa Christiansen serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lisa Christiansen Companies in San Diego, California. Commanding an impressive professional background, Dr. Lisa Christiansen began to lay the foundations for her career as a student of Tony Robbins, from whom she learned and mastered the techniques of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and neuro-associative conditioning (NAC).
Eager to share her knowledge with others, Lisa Christiansen began conducting seminars across the U.S., in which she taught the real-world application of NLP and NAC to thousands of conference attendees. Highly regarded for her wisdom and natural acumen with empowerment coaching, she has been sought by people from around the world as a source of encouragement and support. Dr. Christiansen has influenced major figures in business, sports, and entertainment.
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Christiansen’s first job was at the age of 2 years old when she worked at the TSA-LA-GI Indian Village making mud pies for the tourists. She did this for two years, later returning to the village to work for the Cherokee Heritage Center (better known as the TSA-LA-GI Indian Village) at the age of 13 for another 2 years to help pay the bills. The family received general assistance and commodities through the Cherokee Nation and hunted for food. This started Lisa on the road to seeking how to ensure this was not a life dictated for herself or others.
From that point forward, Lisa studied to become known as a master of self-improvement and human-needs psychology. She traveled across the world to study human potential. She received a degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences.
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