Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi there! My name is Esther Pipoly and I am a Grief & Loss Consultant. I spent over 20 years in the insurance industry but when I lost both my husband and father 63 days apart in 2014 I was lost. I needed more than grief support, I needed a Grief Coach to walk me through the steps to reconnect my life and move forward. That is why I started LOLA. (Name after my mom) It stands for Loss of Life Advocates. I help prepare families before a loss or major diagnosis as well as help families during and after time of loss or life transition.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
There are so many fabulous organizations that cater to women, but I needed a place where I could connect and make new relationships with other Women Business Leaders. I am excited to be a part of this group!
How would you define your professional mission?
I guide families through difficult and vulnerable times in their lives. I help before, during and after a loss of life transition.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Empathy and an ability to listen, anticipate and be there for others.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Assisting a widow before she lost her husband. I was able to walk her through what was about to happen. I wished I would have had me, but to be able to help her and her kids was so meaningful to me.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Growth strategy - how to grow and not break the bank.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Creating the LOLA Certification & License program. I am now training other people who want to help other become a LOLA Advocate. Being able to put more people out into the world with my training to help others feels great.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
Unfortunately I have had really big losses in my life led me to want to start my own company. There is a need for people needing help during a very vulnerable time.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When I am able to be a pillar of strength, prepare paperwork to get a widow or widower insurance proceeds and guide to resources in an expedited way is most rewarding.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
Kindness and compassion can lead to a powerful legacy.
Have more questions? Follow up with the expert herself.
I am the owner & founder of Loss of Life Advocates. I help individuals, families and business owners prepare for a life transition. My company handles the before preparation, driving the difficult conversations as well as time of loss navigation. From walking an Individual through what will happen during a life transition to distributing death certificates and helping close down a business, I am a guide - when you are the most vulnerable. We have... Continue Reading
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