Guiding your application to college, maximizing your experience in college, and starting your career.

My name is Lisa (or Dr. W.)

I have spent the last 10 years working in higher education. I started as a student worker, research assistant, and now in the faculty role. Higher education has always been my dream, but I did not always know how to get there. As the daughter of immigrants from Poland, getting a college degree was always the dream. The journey there was difficult and full of confusion. I am glad I figured it out because it opened a world of opportunities for me! Now I want to share what I know at Lead with Dr. W. I am sharing what I have learned about the before, during, and after college journey here. Choose from coaching sessions, courses, or training sessions to help guide this process. College can be confusing but it doesn't have to be.

Grounded in Research

My method is supported by the research I have conducted during my career

As a faculty member, I have spent years researching college choice and access.  My specific area of focus is on students who are the first in their families to attend college.  The process I use at Lead with Dr. W. is grounded and supported by research. 

I have presented at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels on this topic.  In addition, I have published articles.  Below is a selection of my publications: 

The Chronicle of Mentoring & Coaching

Progress Not Perfection: A Millennial's Story

Homegrown CT Article


Polish Express Radio Station
CT Lead

From the Lead with Dr. W. Community

“Lead with Dr. W is the premium platform for collegiate academic services. Dr. Lisa Wisniewski has created an infrastructure that connects students with resources and tools necessary to enhance one's understanding and preparation for college level ready courses. It is through Lead with Dr. W that students can get the assistance they need to excel and thrive in the present as well as their undergraduate and graduate career. I fully recommend Lead with Dr. W and I can positively say that no student will regret it after experiencing it for themselves.”

Kevin Anglade (Adjunct English Instructor)

“Great and innovative initiative! Highly recommended! ”


“I also want to thank Dr. W. for her endless help and guidance throughout my research.”


“ From personal experience as a first-generation student, I encountered so many obstacles on my own. I wish I had someone’s guidance and helping hand before attending college, but I like to think that everything happens for a reason. I’m just super glad I reached out to you and you helped me without hesitation! Truly means a lot and I hope you know that your helping hands will help so many other students, just like they helped me! Thank you so much again! ”


“Dr W guided me through the stages of my dissertation. I had a major lack of clarity and she was able to help me get back on track. Would highly recommend her for someone struggling to write their thesis or dissertation. I’ll be submitting my final manuscript this week and damn does it feel good. Thank you Dr W! ”


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