Lisa Patterson Raterman RN, BSN, is a mindfulness and mediation expert in Chicago, IL, where she has lived and worked for 30 years. She is a trained and certified Meditation Specialist and is the Founder of Working Mindfulness LLC. Lisa has taught over 14 cohorts of the 8 week MBSR program, the recognized gold standard of the Meditation Industry at DePaul University and the Working Mindfulness Studio. Lisa bridges the science and data driven analysis of western medicine with the unknown and mystery of eastern philosophy. She has facilitated Strengths for the Journey, SF (R) and Stress Reduction workshops for Financial Executives, Attorneys, Medical and Dental Practices. Lisa hosts retreats and workshops for people from all walks of life in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona. She serves on the DePaul University Advisory Board, School of Nursing. She is a member of the Illinois MBSR/MBCT Consortium.
Lisa earned her Registered Nursing and Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Iowa, specializing in pediatric and family care. Lisa worked as a trauma, ER, ICU and Flight Nurse in several tertiary care centers, including Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's and Northwestern Memorial Medical Center. Lisa has trained physicians, nurses, and physical therapists in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS.)
Lisa's course really helped me open my eyes to the beauty and grace around me. I really loved the organization of the class, with a different focus each week, and different tools to practice throughout the week. She really helped us build our toolbox, which is a huge takeaway now that the class has ended. I learned a lot from the exercises we did in class and the meditations she led us through. I am so grateful for the course and look forward to continuing to incorporate what I learned in my day-to-day life.
She transitioned to the corporate world as a leading Sales Consultant for Fortune 20 companies, selling to Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons. She consistently achieved target sales numbers and maintained President’s Club status year over year. Lisa became a Registered Rep and Financial Advisor at the Omega Group for Oppenheimer Inc. Later, she became a Managing Director for a boutique financial firm in Chicago. Lisa and her husband, Tom, also owned a BD/RIA providing Alternative Investments.
For years I was looking for a way to manage my stress levels and become more effective and calm when dealing with high stress situations. Lisa’s course has taught me how to channel my stress in very productive ways.
Lisa has volunteered extensively in her community. She created and facilitated an ecumenical prayer group at Sacred Heart Schools, where her children attended grade school. She co-directs Interfaith Chicago, working to build bridges and foster dialogue between faith groups. Lisa believes in service and the future of Chicago’s youth; she volunteers with UCAN, a residential therapeutic service on Chicago's westside. She and her husband are supporters of JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She serves on the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL and on the Parent’s Board at Creighton University.
Her broad experience in myriad industries has uniquely positioned her to fully advise the 21st century professional, student, and individual. She believes deeply in the positive and transformative powers of meditation, mindfulness, and self-care.