By Lisa Shumate

The Book

Guidance for Young Adults

There are more than 45 million men and women in their 20’s, trying to figure out this important phase of their lives. Striking out on their own for the first time, they face a period of self-discovery and self-doubt. In “Always and Never,” Lisa Shumate shares timeless advice that will always matter.

Practicing these 20 truths will build a strong foundation for the future, and set a high standard for your life and relationships. This book and companion journal will help guide, inform, and inspire you to realize your dreams and potential.

Associate Vice President, University of Houston System & General Manager, Houston Public Media

Published Author and Speaker

Lisa Trapani Shumate, MBA

Lisa Trapani Shumate was appointed Associate Vice President (UH System) & General Manager, Houston Public Media (UH) in 2011, with dual roles of responsibility including serving as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. Lisa is responsible for raising funds, managing operations and strategically positioning the following top-ranked nationally renowned media assets: TV 8, (PBS) the first educational television station, KUHF News 88.7 (NPR), the largest public radio audience in Texas, and 88.7 HD-2, a high definition radio station devoted to classical programming as well as Houston Public Media’s web, mobile OTT and social channels.

Prior to joining the University, she held successive roles of executive leadership at KHOU-TV (TEGNA), BELO Corporation (TEGNA) and KTRK-TV (Disney/ABC) in both Houston and Dallas.

A proven media executive with a track record encompassing more than 20 years of top 7 market-leading performance, her experience spans all aspects of multi-media leadership, she is an accomplished speaker and the author of “Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart,” Book and Journal written for high school and college graduates. Lisa is also part of an author team at Wiley, an American multinational publishing company focusing on academic publishing and instructional materials.

She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston-Bauer College of Business, graduating cum laude, and participated in an International Business Residency in China. Lisa is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Leadership Coaching Program. She serves on two national public media governing boards and is the recipient of local, regional and national awards for community service, leadership, and innovation.

-leading, coaching, partnering, goal setting, listening, leadership, creating awareness, developing leaders, transformational leadership

Published Books

Years Experience



Lisa packs a tremendous amount of wisdom into her simple, concise book, a book that can bring more happiness and positive growth to anyone’s life. It is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to have a better life or start a new chapter in their life.

– Jamie Belinne, author of “The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee: A Manager’s Guide to Millennials and Gen Z”

By Lisa Shumate

The Companion Journal


Your thoughts, confidence, and emotional well-being are all in your hands, aren’t they? You may not always feel that way about life, with its constant changes, confusion, and setbacks. There is a way to find security amid the chaos! Diligent self-reflection can help you create greater awareness, develop an optimistic outlook, and help you take back control of your life. The Companion Journal leads you through:

  • An in-depth exploration of your relationship with media
  • Exercises to disrupt negative, mindless routines
  • Reflection about the habits sabotaging your relationships and your own development

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