Work With Me

Do you love adventures in learning?

How about creating, community, and using your talents to make a difference?

And trying to notice and kindle sparks of joy along your journey?

Me, too!

Whether exploring self-directed learning to unschool, homeschool, or recapture the joy of learning while navigating life’s ups and downs as an adult,  don’t worry, you’re not alone! 

A lot of us have misconceptions about learning.

So let’s take a look at some of these learning myths mixed up with schooling.

  • Learning only counts if experts tell us what and when to learn or grades us or tests us.
  • Learning is only about academic subjects.
  • Learning only happens during limited times of days or years of your life.

Thank goodness they’re not true!

You can learn anytime, anywhere, and from anyone!


  • Learning, like life, is not linear.
  • Learning does not equal schooling.
  • You are naturally wired to learn!

Are you awake at night wondering:

“What are my options?   How do you choose?  How do you start?     Can I/they really learn enough?”

Take a breath, because you have so many options, you can learn and so can they. 

And you can choose to embrace learning as a lifelong adventure.

Want to Work With Me?

I love to connect in person or online. I help people reframe challenges as opportunities for self-directed learning adventures. I offer a simple process, practical steps, and strategies to reclaim a love of learning at any age.

Would you like to talk about how we could work together?

Let’s talk. Send me an email at

Wishing you well on your learning adventures,


Talk and Workshop Attendees Say:

“I was really enlightened by Lisa Nalbone’s speech at MIT Splash weekend.  Her open, honest talk was easy to relate to and benefit from her suggestions.  I took pages of notes and acted on several of her ideas.  The biggest lightbulb moment for me was when she described college brochures as marketing materials.  Up until that moment I had been viewing them more like invitations to a great party than marketing materials they truly are.  She was the first speaker I had heard that embraced giving motivated, gifted students an alternative path besides a 4-year college.  Lisa would be an asset to any event.”   – Alli Irwin

“I heard Lisa Nalbone speak at MIT Splash and it was extremely clear and focused on many of the issues of why our education system isn’t working and what might we individually do about it. I found her to be a great speaker. Although addressing issues that aren’t working, perhaps seen as a negative topic, the talk was upbeat, engaging and helpful.”   -Laura Allen,

“Lisa was a captivating speaker at Girl Empire. She knew how to speak to a teen audience, how to capture their limited attention and how to leave them with that tingly feeling inside! Her talk was a mix of “aha” moments and action items to put theory to practice.”  – Alex Ellison, Co founder Girl Empire, Dunce

“Lisa is lovely. and she is ordinary. With perhaps a vital insight many of us today are missing -how to see/hear/question what we keep accepting/assuming. Because she’s lived/embraced that space. of uncertainty.” – Monika Hardy

“I’ve heard her speak on many occasions.  I’m always impressed with the passion she has for her subject.   As a result of that passion, she stimulates ideas and enthusiasm in her audiences.   On more than one occasion she has triggered a new way of thinking for me.   Her intelligence and “outside of the box” thinking make her talks very engaging.”  – Linda Springer

Past Speaking Topics
  • Self-directed Learning Journey: Ask, Try, Do, Smile
  • Strategies for Self-directed Learning
  • College, Gap Year or Career? Helping Your Child DECIDE within a Framework of Cooperation and Respect
  • Choose to Create a Life YOU Love ( varied for audiences Teens, Adults, Seniors)
  • Hacking Your Education (Teens)
  • The ABC’s of Learning Beyond School, Start with the Letter T Because T is for Trust