Lisa Honig Buksbaum
CEO & Founder, Soaringwords
CEO & Founder, Flow Motion Productions
Recognized as a positive psychology thought leader and social entrepreneur, Lisa has consulted numerous client organizations on their strategic branding needs.
At the beginning of her career, Lisa was an award-winning advertising executive, managing leading brands including Lipton Tea, Dannon Yogurt, and Colgate Toothpaste. Since 2000, she has devoted her energies to launching and leading Soaringwords, a global not-for-profit organization that has helped more than 500,000 individuals to take active roles in their self-healing.
As an intuitive healer, she coaches individuals and families in her private imagery practice. After having the privilege of meeting thousands of hospitalized individuals in the midst of medical crises, Lisa began to share intuitive healing imagery exercises with them and their families. Following a strong, positive response to these encounters, Lisa began offering one-on-one sessions.
Lisa is a passionary: a visionary driven by great passion and action.
An intuitive healer, well-loved inspirational speaker, expert workshop leader and facilitator, Lisa has shared her wisdom with thousands of people throughout the world. As the founder of Flow Motion Productions, Lisa leads individuals, families, teams, and organizations to articulate, envision, and realize their purposes and goals.
Three experiences with death and illness in her family during a ten-month period motivated her to launch Soaringwords, a not-for-profit organization devoted to inspiring children, families, adults, seniors, and health care professionals to take active roles in self-healing
Since 2000, Lisa has shared Soaringwords’ SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiatives with more than 500,000 people who have experienced greater physical, emotional, and mental well-being as a result of participating in Soaringwords’ programs.
Opening session, European Conference on Positive Psychology 2022
As a young child, Lisa had many synchronistic experiences where she had a “knowingness” and was able to help other people who were experiencing illness or traumas. As an adult, she studied with Dr. Gerald Epstein, Director of the American Institute of Mental Imagery (AIMI), to hone her intuitive healing abilities. To date, she has helped hundreds of individuals and their families through healing imagery sessions to guide them in the midst of medical challenges, trauma, or the death of loved ones. Lisa has served as a Death Doula, helping individuals make the transition in a dignified and healing manner
As a businesswoman and marketer, Lisa began her career working at leading international advertising agencies including Ogilvy; Young & Rubicam; and Interpublic Group. Lisa managed advertising and communications plans for Lipton Tea, Dixie Plates, Blockbuster Video, and Take Our Children to Work Day. After distinguishing herself and building a strong following of grateful clients, Lisa launched Boxtree Communications, an award-winning marketing company that specialized in launching new products for distinguished companies including Dannon Yogurt, JP Morgan Chase, Avon and AXA/Equitable.
She has a certificate in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a certificate from the American Institute for Mental Imagery. Lisa is President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association’s Health and Wellbeing Division and is on the Board of Directors for the Coincidence Project. She’s been featured as an expert on ABC News, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, Delta Sky magazine, and CEO to Watch in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Lisa was a contributor for Positive Psychology News Daily and was a columnist for Inc.com. She was the non-celebrity winner for the Lives That Make a Difference Award from A&E Television Networks, and won a National Mothering That Works Award from Working Mother Media. She was inducted into the YMCA Academy of Women Achievers Hall of Fame.
She was on the board of Advertising Women of New York, the leading organization for executive women in communications; board of directors of The New York Women’s Agenda; board of the Alumnae Committee for Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and the advisory board for the Center for Business Womens’ Research in Washington D.C.
Lisa has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at dozens of professional and scientific conferences including:
- International Positive Psychology Association (2021, 2019, 2015, 2013),
- European Positive Psychology Conference (2022, 2018, 2016, 2014),
- Canadian Positive Psychology Conference (2018, 2016, 2014),
- International Positive Education Network (2018, 2016),
- The Wholebeing Institute Well-Being Conference (2017).
Additionally, in 2021, Lisa was keynote speaker for two workshops at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and a workshop at the Global Positive Health Initiative inaugural conference.
Scholar in residence at Tecmilenio, Mexico.
Lisa has led workshops as a Scholar-in-Residence and at Grand Rounds at leading universities, medical schools, and nursing schools, including University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, UVA School of Medicine, UVA School of Nursing, New York University, Columbia University, Tecmilienio University in Mexico, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
She has spoken at Advertising Women of New York, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, MGM Grand Women of Color Conference, and Working Mother Media Diversity & Inclusion Conference.
Keynote in Kyoto, Japan
Global SOARING into Innovation workshop for 5,000 Johnson & Johnson employees worldwide
Lisa lives in New York City with her husband Jacob. Her pride and joy are her two grown sons Jonathan and Joshua, daughter-in-law Evelyn, and adorable grandbaby Charlotte. She gets her energy from swimming each day and connecting with people in fun and meaningful ways. Lisa is the author of SOARING Into Strength: Love Transcends Pain, her memoir of overcoming challenges in order to thrive.
Flow Motion Productions®
The Importance of Flow
Flow is the life force that constantly propels us forward even without us needing to “do” anything. Flow is the natural state of being free and unencumbered. When we are in FLOW, things are easy. In Flow, we lose track of time as we loosen the hold of things we think we “should” be doing, thinking, feeling, or saying. Instead, Flow allows us to dive into a stream of possibility where we will be carried effortlessly to wisdom, clarity, and knowingness that resides inside. Motion is about growth, movement, connection, and possibility. Motion is a desire to stretch and blossom, instead of being stuck in entrenched, habitual ways that perhaps no longer serve us.
- Mission/purpose statement development
- Launch plans for new endeavors, companies, products, or books.
- Communications: Including advertising, social media, public relations, thought leadership, and strategic alliances
- Healing Imagery sessions for individuals
- Healing Imagery sessions for your team and organization
- Healing Imagery sessions for your family
Are you looking to get your brand to the next level of success?
Lisa Buksbaum has won dozens of awards including the Lives That Make a Difference Award from A&E Television Networks; YMCA National Academy of Women Achievers; Growing with Technology award from Cisco; delegate for the White House Initiative for Small Business Owners; and the New Jersey Governor’s award for a national poster contest to build awareness and equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
When you’re ready to jumpstart your idea, brand, or organization, we are delighted to speak with you.
What are Healing Imagery Exercises?
Mental imagery is a process in which the mind thinks in pictures or images. By going inward, we can separate ourselves from the outward stimuli and sensory overload that often accompany illness, trauma, or setbacks.
Taking a few minutes to do mental imagery gives us the opportunity to shift our attention by tapping into the five most significant inner dimensions of our lives: emotional, physical, mental, social, and moral. This shift enables us to momentarily detach from fear, anxiety, pain, and suffering in order to connect us with the quiet knowledge and insight that gives us an immediate sense of balance, calm, and wholeness.
Here’s an example of 12-year-old Gabby demonstrating the healing imagery that she and her mother did each morning and night throughout her cancer treatments:
Do you ever feel you’d like to make some powerful changes in order to realize your full potential? Do you ever wish for clarity and guidance to help you move forward with major life decisions? Has illness or stress gotten you down or prevented you from moving ahead with your goals?
Flow Motion Healing Imagery sessions will teach you how to incorporate simple, positive imagery into your personal and professional life. You will come away from each session having experienced powerful imagery exercises that will benefit you, your family, friends, and co-workers.
Flow Motion Healing Imagery sessions do not employ medical jargon and can be enjoyed by adults of all ages, children, and teens—inviting everyone to take an active role in healing to develop their own sense of self-worth and belonging. Clients are invited to record the imagery session for personal use, practicing the skills learned in order to experience continued growth.
Lisa leading a SOARING into Imagery workshop at the Kripalu Center with Megan McDonough, founder of the Wholebeing Institute.
Lisa with her teacher and mentor Dr. Gerald Epstein, world renowned imagery expert and the founder of the American Institute of Mental Imagery.
What are the Physical Benefits of Healing Imagery?
Mental imagery is a healing practice that has been used for thousands of years. There is significant scientific research that demonstrates the relationship between the mental act of imagery with biological and physiological changes in the body. The simple act of closing your eyes and focusing on your breath alters your body chemistry by reducing stress hormones and ridding your body of toxins. The best athletes and performers in the world use mental imagery to achieve peak performance and confidence. So can you.
Here’s the best part: The more you practice healing imagery, the more it reduces stress and distractions, allowing you to get into a state of flow and relaxation which allows your body to heal.
How Does Imagery Reduce the Impact of Illness and Stress?
Healing Imagery provides a deep well-spring of insight and answers from YOU: the only true authority on the subject.
Illness often causes a lot of stress and takes a physical, emotional, and mental toll on individuals and their family and friends. Illness often makes people feel diminished and overwhelmed. You can see the impact that illness has on you or someone you love, feel the tension and stress from invasive treatment, and hear strange noises and beeping machines in the hospital. All of these things have the potential to bombard our senses and diminish our well-being. Healing Imagery helps you take a break, and it is easy to do. Doing healing imagery exercises does not take a lot of time, and you can shift energy immediately.
In fact, most healing imagery exercises take less than a few minutes. Even though you are doing these healing exercises in your mind, you can feel a positive change in your emotions and in your body. Remember, your body wants to heal. Healing imagery exercises are designed to help people connect with their inner resources and bring about feelings of serenity, strength, and wellness. You’ll find the imagery exercises comforting and relaxing. And you’ll soon discover that, when you are open to healing imagery, it transfers the power away from the illness and gives the power back to you. Imagery exercises work beautifully for children, teens, and adults of all ages who want to reconnect with their own deep inner resources of strength in order to be able to effectively take care of a loved one and themselves. Healing Imagery is also helpful when you are at a crossroads in your life, perhaps when you are feeling stuck or confused about which direction to take.