As senior manager of the Strategic Growth Office at Best Buy, Inc., Lisa manages the operational process of bringing new business ideas to life. She’s also put her business acumen to work for Women United.
When Lisa chaired the Women United impact committee, she managed an RFP process that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in multi-year grants for agencies like Lifetrack—a United Way partner that helps low-income men and women find jobs. Women United then helped Lifetrack partner with Dunwoody, which delivered curriculum for a new industrial sewing program. When Lifetrack students completed the program, Dunwoody connected them with employers ready to hire immediately.
“Our funding created real change, directly in our backyard. Lifetrack can now help more people get jobs with sustainable, family-sustaining wages,” said Lisa.
Since 2011, Women United has invested more than $6 million in programs that help local women achieve financial stability and ensure that children are ready for kindergarten. Lisa says she grew up in humble surroundings and is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact others in similar positions.
Today, Lisa chairs the Community Partnerships Committee. For her, philanthropy is about giving when and how you can. And while her work with Women United has enriched her community, it’s also enriched her life.
“I use the same skills I do here at Best Buy to affect change in causes I care deeply about,” she said. “Meanwhile, my community work gives me perspective, keeps me informed about the world around me, and teaches me lessons that I bring back to my career.”