Mentoring. Coaching. Strategy.

Eloquentia is a female-owned business with a combined 30 years of experience in higher education and professional practice in diverse workplace environments and cultures.

We have encountered many of the same adversities, challenges, and barriers that most of our clients encounter in their daily responsibilities.

We get it.


Our Background

 
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Dr. Lisa Dorsey is the co-founder and President of Eloquentia Consulting.  She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. Previously, she served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean for the Doisy College of Health Sciences, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate Education for the Doisy College of Health Sciences, and the Director of the Program in Health Sciences at Saint Louis University.

She has completed a number of research and scholarship projects exploring physical therapy intervention for neurological impairment, higher education organizational structure, student success models in physical therapy and women in leadership and the workplace. Her current and most recent research projects are related to leadership development and self-efficacy for women in higher education. She is engaged in the profession of physical therapy at the national level as the Chair for the Task Force on Graduate Outcomes, in higher education as an accreditation reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and serves her local community as the Secretary for the Board of Education in the Mehlville School District.

She was the recipient of the Saint Louis University Woman of the Year Award in 2016, the Student Development Collaborative Partner Award, the Faculty Commitment to Experiential Learning Leadership & Service Award, and has been a Saint Louis University- YWCA Leader in the Workplace. Dr. Dorsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Louis University, a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota and a Women and Power: Leadership in the New World certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Lisa can be reached at LisaDorsey@eloquentiaconsulting.com

 

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Dr. Jessica Perolio is the co-founder and the Vice President of Eloquentia Consulting. During her tenure as the President of the Saint Louis University Women’s Commission, Dr. Perolio lead an executive board that offers programming relevant to women in higher education, recognizes women leaders on campus, and connects female employees through networks. Specifically, she initiated a mentorship workshop series with the support of leadership in HR, administered an inaugural grant program to support professional development goals of faculty, staff, and students, and hosted a university-wide leadership recognition event.

Her scholarship and research interests center around exploring mentorship, efficacy, and growth; women’s professional development trajectories; and writing pedagogy, writing support, and critical thinking assessment. She is currently a co-investigator on Pathways of Leader Self-efficacy for Women in Higher Education and a past co-investigator on Women Leading Women: Strategies and Support for Lifelong Career Development in Higher Education.

Dr. Perolio currently serves as the Director for International Student Support and Programming at Northeastern University.  Through this role, she oversees student mentorship networks and provides cultural relevant programming and support to a population of 13,000 international students. As the past Director of Saint Louis University’s Honors Program, she provided leadership for strategic planning, curriculum development, assessment, faculty engagement, and personnel development. Previously, she served as the  Program Director of Academic Support where she oversaw the writing center at Saint Louis University. Dr. Perolio earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Webster University, a Master's of Arts in English with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.

Jessica can be reached at Jessica@eloquentiaconsulting.com


Our Philosophy

We focus on creating sustainable systems using people who understand the culture to lead the change and development. Our approach to any situation is based in research and experience, which informs our work with institutions of higher education and corporate organizations.

We are guided by the following beliefs:

 

  • Growth can happen at any level and during any period of your career.

    • This means our programs are a great opportunity for staff of all levels— from entry level to executive, from tenured faculty to new hires.

  • Growth is most sustainable when integrated into a culture.

    • Our programs are not a simple moment in time, nor are they a workshop you attend and never think about again. We work with the administration to embed the concepts into existing structures and systems. Sometimes this means working with HR departments on recognition programs, other times this means building out a sustainable mentorship network in a grassroots way.

  • Growth is a personal journey.

    • Goals are not one-size-fits all, and neither is what we offer. We spend a lot of time learning about the individual or organizational needs and customize all of our work to meet state goals.

 
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