About Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips is an author, blog journalist, marketer, mentor and business owner. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada and has over 16 years experience as an arts and leadership educator. Her passion for helping young people achieve success in all aspects of their lives inspired Lisa to publish her first book, The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World. With the Foreword written by Raymond Aaron (New York Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul), the book explores the impact arts participation has on the success of the current generation. The Artistic Edge reveals creativity and leadership as crucial skills for today’s young people to develop in order to compete in the global job market.

In addition to her 10 years as a summer Camp Director, Lisa has worked in both film and television; has taught Musical Theatre to children and youth for 11 years; and has worked for several not-for-profit organizations. She holds a degree in Psychology along with post-graduate certificates in Arts Administration and Children’s Mental Health. Most recently, Lisa has combined her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for marketing to work with a business coaching company and an international parenting program.

Since her book was published in late October 2012, Lisa’s work and opinions have gone viral. She’s written three articles for The Washington Post, which together have reached over 140,000 social media shares. For National Arts Advocacy Day in the U.S.A., Lisa had the honour of joining world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and Guns N’ Roses drummer, Matt Sorum, in an Americans for the Arts panel discussion about the importance of the arts. She’s also been featured on Rhino OnAir, Global TV, Americans for the Arts, The Toronto Star and dozens of arts and leadership websites around the world. To even further propel her message on the necessity of arts and leadership education, Lisa regularly publishes her own blog posts on The Artistic Edge’s website.


Lisa with Chicken Soup for the Soul Authors,
Mark Victor Hansen & Raymond Aaron

The Artistic Edge also provides business and marketing coaching for arts professionals which has become another passion of Lisa’s. She credits many of her own coaches and mentors, especially Meir Ezra, in giving her the high level tools that TAE coaching students need to achieve success in their career.

Lisa speaks throughout North America to arts commissions, school boards and parenting groups about why the arts are the ideal vehicle to teach 21st century success skills. She has committed her professional career to bringing arts education and leadership development to thousands of children throughout North America and beyond.