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Liesl Hays

Liesl Hays

Lee's Summit, Missouri

Liesl is an entrepreneur, writer, mom & self-proclaimed change deviant. She is constantly evolving to be the best version of herself and is passionate about unlocking change potential in others.

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Liesl Hays is an entrepreneur, writer, mom, wife and self-proclaimed change deviant.   She is obsessed with change and carries that into every facet of her life.  From small things like changing her favorite brand of water (it's Essentia right now, but that will change soon) to larger goals like becoming an entrepreneur-she believes her constant evolution makes her a better human.

Liesl spent the majority of her career in Human Resources at one of the top Global Healthcare IT companies in the world.  At the intersection of health care and IT, change was the only constant.   At the height of her career, Liesl managed executive development and had the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest and most gifted leaders. While all had varying personalities they shared one motto : irrelevant companies failed because of their refusal to change.   This change or die spirit may have started at the top, but it was culturally embedded in the 20,000 + associate population making it one of the most visionary companies in the world.  It was at the here Liesl got to express her change or die spirit most, but was surprised to learn change was truly a learned behavior all could embrace.

In 2016, Liesl got the entrepreneurial itch and left Cerner to pursue opening the Historic Browning Inn.  Like many young entrepreneurs, Liesl found herself completely overwhelmed by her new responsibilities and woefully unprepared to tackle everything thrown at her.  Liesl trekked through the discomfort by embracing change, surrounding herself with people who are smarter than her, and leaning on her family who relentlessly collaborates to make her crazy ideas happen.

Liesl is an active part of the philanthropic and entrepreneurial community in Lee’s Summit Missouri where she serves on a number of boards and committees.  She runs on coffee, "to do" lists, and the belief that she has something to learn from every person she meets.   

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Update #11 - Humbled beyond words May 26, 2019

This week has been transformative.  Yesterday, I sat down with Cliff Illig for over three hours to talk about Neal Patterson (featured change deviant in my book). For those of you outside Kansas City, Cliff Illig is the Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation (retired, but still the largest shareholder),  Owner of Sporting Kansas City, and one of the city's most prolific venture capitalists.  This isn't the first time Illig and I have met.  Our paths crossed multiple times while I worked at Cerner.  However, this conversation was the most personal I've ever had with him.

If I had to summarize the theme of this week it would be: humbled and grateful.  

After my interview with Cliff, I took the longest bubble bath of my adult life and I listened to the recording of our session.  Cliff is an ideator.   When you leave a conversation with him you have pages of notes and diagrams drawn in blue Sharpie markers.   He challenges my theories, tells me when he thinks I'm wrong, and pushes me to the next level.  Every now and then I talk over him to get a word in edge-wise, and he lets me reframe a preconceived idea he has.  While he is brilliant and views things through a larger lens than I do-he has never stopped learning.    He welcomes interruption when it's a worthy one. Cliff is also a vibrant story-teller.  He paints the words in the sky and leaves them there for you to find (to quote my favorite Katie Herzig song). His relationship with Neal could only be described as a life partnership and his insight into their co- navigation of change is nothing short of poetic.

Next week I'll be finishing Neal's chapter and additional work on my manuscript.  I'll be hiding at a hotel in Kansas City to escape from all the distractions of entrepreneur life.  Publishers I'm interested in working with have requested my full manuscript to review.  So, I'm escalating my timeline and pushing myself harder.  

In the meantime, not only am I grateful and humbled for this week...that sentiment is extended to you for following along with me on this journey.

Humbled & Grateful,

Liesl