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.

Author, National Leader & Speaker

Lisa Shumate

Lisa Shumate is Associate VP of the University of Houston System, and GM of Houston Public Media. She also serves as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. She holds leadership roles with PBS and the Public Television Major Market Group.

Lisa has over 20 years of media management experience, and earned industry awards. She also participated in an International Business Residency in China.

Lisa holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University, and MBA from University of Houston.

“Always and Never” is Lisa’s first book, a message to the next generation of young leaders.

Published Books

Years Experience



Take Charge of Your Mind

The years that follow college graduation are unlike any other in your life. For the first time you’re not following a course of action and structure set out by others— parents, teachers and coaches. Now it really is up to you.

Lisa Trapani Shumate Becomes an Author to Help Young Adults

If you’ve worked in Houston media for any amount of time, you probably know Associate Vice President at the University of Houston, General Manager, Houston Public Media, Lisa Trapani Shumate.


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”

Upcoming Events

August 16, 2019 2-4pm

Book Signing @ Barnes and Noble • Metairie, LA

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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