Lissa Pohl

Lissa Pohl

Program & Outreach Associate
Phone (859) 257-2748

710 Garrigus Building

Curriculum Vitae
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Professional Profile

Lissa Pohl holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Transformational Leadership Development from The Union Institute & University. Since 2008 she has been developing programing and leadership initiatives for the Department of Community & Leadership Development, including the former Turner Leadership Academy, Explorations In Leadership, and the Duvall Leader in Residence.  Before coming to the University of Kentucky she worked in leadership development in the restaurant industry as well as an independent organizational consultant with non-profit and small businesses in the Bluegrass area.

Teaching people how to ‘embody’ leadership competencies is Lissa’s area of expertise. She is a national and international leader in the field of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), a facilitated experiential learning modality wherein working with horses, via ground exercises, teaches leadership competency through relational problem solving. She currently serves as Vice President of the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A). In 2012, with a team of colleagues, Lissa conducted pioneering research on the effectiveness of collaborating with horses in developing, emotional intelligence and leadership competencies in nurses. Organizations she facilitated EAL with include, Johnson & Johnson, The Qatar Foundation, HEC Paris (Qatar Office), Applebee’s, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Commerce Lexington, The Kentucky School Nutrition Association, and UK Healthcare.

Lissa is certified as a Lights On Leadership ™ Coach, a Leadership Circle (360) Profile™ Facilitator, as well as an Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A) Advanced Corporate Trainer and Master Trainer.

Lissa hails from Boulder, Colorado and Seattle, Washington and moved to Lexington with her husband and two daughters in 1999. She continues to enjoy integrated horsemanship, horse care, and a great chai latte.

External Links

Lissa Pohl's Academia Profile

Lissa Pohl's ResearchGate Profile



M.A. | Psychology – Transformational Leadership Development, Union Institute and University, 2006
B.S. | Nutrition, Western Washington University, 1986
A.S. | Sign Language Interpreting, Spokane Falls Community College, 1981

University Involvement

Staff Links 2012 – 2016
UK Common Reading Experience Selection Committee 2013-2014
UK Leadership Forum Advisory Committee 2015 – 2017