Orfalea Alumni Chats | Lisa Hufford



Lisa is the founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, which she launched in 2006 after 14 years managing and growing strategic, multi-million-dollar accounts for corporations such as Microsoft and RR Donnelley. Simplicity Consulting has been named to the Inc. 5000 list for five consecutive years as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Lisa has been recognized for various awards—from Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women to Inc.’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs. She has also gone on to publish two books with an upcoming third on its way, their titles and topics ranging from her Personal Brand Playbook to Navigating the Talent Shift. We at Cal Poly are lucky to have her as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and involved in the CIE program.

We also were thrilled to have the chance to sit down with her to kick off our virtual Alumni Chats series, with our host, Miles Loef, OCOB’s Student Ambassador VP of Outreach. Checkout the clip above for highlights from our conversation, or listen to the audio file below for the full, unedited version.

After listening, make sure to checkout Cal Poly Career Connections to connect one-on-one with alumni mentors through a network focused on collaboration and fostering meaningful, impactful conversations around education, career readiness, mentoring, and industry engagement.


Listen to the full conversation with Lisa.