by Kristina Gonzalez
If you wanted to find someone who encompasses the phrase “a bad b-word” look no further than Lisa Fritsch.
She’s the kind of person you want on your side. Once she puts her mind to something, she masters it.
No questions asked.
Team Austin: How do you usually start your day?
Lisa Fritsch: I wake up every day at 4:30. I’m at the gym by 5:15 and back home by 6:30 to get the kids up, fed, and out the door for school by 7:25.
Mondays are planning days and of course, yoga. I schedule meetings Tuesday and Friday afternoons. In a nutshell, I need running, coffee, and quiet time. It's my therapy. I’m rather like a big dog, I can be even more neurotic and strange when I don’t get enough exercise.
TA: Other than exercise, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
Fritsch: I read every chance I get. I’m on a huge philosopher kick right now: Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. My favorite writers are James Altucher, Tim Ferriss, and Brene Brown. I love reading thoughtful journalism: The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and Time.
TA: You’re a go-getter, clear from your track record. So what exactly do you do?
Fritsch: I “do” a lot of different things. I’m a mom, writer, public speaker, an entrepreneur. All of these platforms though focus on diversity and equity initiatives for women and women of color.
TA: Tell us why you got involved with diversity and equity for women and women of color.
LF: I wanted to embolden women and women of color to know and use their force. I only want to be involved in projects changing the world, specifically making it a better place for the underrepresented.
TA: You've mentioned helping people find their force, what is yours?
Fritsch: I’m an advocate. A rule breaker. An active optimist. I create my reality. I know what I like and what I want. I do my best to stay true to that.
I never take no for an answer—and when I have, it meant that whatever it was, wasn't important enough.
TA: You said running against Abbott was the best and biggest failure of your life, how do you deal with rejection?
Fritsch: I’ve had to face a lot of rejection in my life [that moment being one of them.] When I’m feeling wimpy or wishy-washy about my goals and values is, “if you want to be tougher, be tougher.” Getting stronger is a decision you make.
TA: Best lesson you learned from rejection?
Fritsch: Being told no or told "it can't be done" doesn't stop me from having the courage to take action.
We're happy Lisa is part of Team Austin to continually grow our network for our members and community alike!