Kori Andreoli Lusignan is not a therapist, nor is she a chef.
She is one of those people, though. You’ve met them; maybe you are one. You know the type: that friend who everyone calls when they have to figure out what they are thinking and feeling about something, or when they need to find a way to say something tricky to a friend or family member (without causing too much pain.) She’s happy to give advice, but only when asked. Alright, sometimes she slips up and gives advice without being asked. She’s working on it.
Kori is also a very happy home cook. She comes by it honestly. Her maternal great-grandmother emigrated from Sweden, and spent her life as a small business woman, running her own boarding houses and restaurants across the American West, serving her famous cinnamon rolls, chicken and dumplings, and watermelon pickles. Kori’s paternal grandmother came to America from southern Italy, settled in Wisconsin, and managed to feed her family of eight children delicious meals throughout the depression and World War II, creating a ravioli recipe that is so precious, a copy of it lives in a safety deposit box.
Born in Wisconsin, Kori went to the University of Wisconsin on a music scholarship, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science. During college, she spent a glorious, life-changing year at the Insitut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. By all accounts, her year in Provence marks the moment she officially started learning how to really cook. As an adult, she has lived in Northern Virginia/Washington DC, as well as the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, just a block away from the president’s home. In 2015, she moved to Central Florida with her husband and their daughter, and can now say she feels more at home than she has in years.
Kori earned a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University in Learning and Organizational Change. Her capstone work investigated how organizations can best help individuals make behavior changes as a part of an organizational wellness program. Following graduate school, Kori married her behavior change research with a storytelling framework she learned while doing improvisational comedy, creating a tool to help individuals and organizations create strategic stories to make changes and achieve their goals. Helping people discover themselves and make the changes they desire is very joyful work for Kori, as one might imagine.
Ms. Lusignan is available as a freelance consultant, executive coach, and facilitator by contacting her here.