Born to “hippie” parents, immersed in the “flower child” lifestyle of the time—Kohn, author of the debut memoir, To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence [Heliotrope Books, September 2018], shares her unique story. With a mixture of encounter groups and primal screams, macrobiotic diets, communes, Jefferson Airplane concerts in Central Park, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages– Kohn’s childhood was less than idyllic. By the time she turned ten, her mother joined the Unification Church—the Moonies—physically abandoning her and her brother, while emotionally and spiritually bring them into the cult. Wholeheartedly embracing the Moonies, Kohn found the stringent, punishing rules by which they lived a safe haven to the chaos she knew.
In the 1970’s, the Unification Church was at the forefront of American culture, and Kohn was at the epicenter of the Unification Church—best friends with Reverend Moon’s children and a frequent guest at his house, at his dining table, and in his pool. On weekdays, she lived in her father’s world of drugs, sex, and late-night bartending in the squalor of the East Village of New York. On weekends, Kohn escaped to a world she longed for—her mother’s—the fanatical, puritanical life of religious fervor.
“I was alienated from others throughout my life. Ashamed of my father and his ‘satanic’ lifestyle, I hid that life from my Church community,” says Kohn. “Within the community, I was judged and shunned for not being pure enough. Deep down, I still somehow knew that it was all my fault, and that I had to be better.”
Resonating on a multitude of levels, Lisa Kohn in To the Moon and Back, shares with a position of love and hope the harrowing journey of one woman facing her fears, feeling her buried pain, and confronting the lies she had built up to feel—and to be—safe. Slowly, Kohn created a healthy adult life she always wanted but never knew existed.
About The Author:
Lisa Kohn is an accomplished leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and keynote speaker with a strong business background and a creative approach. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with Fortune 500 clients in areas of leadership, communication styles, managing change, interpersonal and team dynamics, and strategy, as well as life balance and fulfillment.
By emphasizing the importance of thoughtful, intentional leadership, Lisa helps clients to not only uncover issues to implement real changes, but also to successfully address their own inner challenges and effectively connect with others to ensure the changes stick.
Lisa earned her BA in psychology from Cornell University and her MBA from Columbia University’s Executive Program. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and New York University’s Stern School of Business, and has been featured in several professional publications addressing topics on management, leadership, and communications. She has been awarded the designation of Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Lisa is an Accredited Facilitator for Everything DiSC®, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, The Leadership Circle™, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Lisa is the co-author of The Power of Thoughtful Leadership: 101 Minutes to Being the Leader You Want to Be. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her family.