"Lisa developed and led a learning cohort to help nonprofit leaders become more effective in their mission-related advocacy. She was an exceptional organizer who helped the participants stay focused and identify common ground with their missions and advocacy goals. Cohort members consistently identified Lisa’s one-on-one coaching as a program highlight instrumental in their organizations making measurable improvements in their advocacy work during and after the program. Additionally, Lisa was proactive in writing thorough and user-friendly blog posts and related sample documents and toolkits on timely topics related to nonprofit advocacy and civic engagement."
David Heinen, NC Center for Nonprofits
"Discussing the strategy, goals, and logistics of our upcoming Legislative Advocacy Day helped me think through so many additional aspects of our work and really build out a stronger foundational understanding for how to effectively expand on our campaign's vision. Your willingness to be flexible, tailor your advice to our team's bandwidth/expertise, and encourage us to think outside of the box is going to make our advocacy work over the next few weeks and months so much more fruitful."
"I've worked mostly independently my whole professional life so it's very helpful to me to have this kind of coaching in a safe space where I can challenge assumptions and reflect on the systems in which we operate. I was kind of nervous about it and really wasn't sure what to expect, but man! I found it sooooo helpful! I went into my session totally unprepared and not sure what to expect, but Lisa allowed me the space to think out loud about the advocacy work I'm struggling with... and she asked so many good questions to help me think through some strategies to help move the work forward."
Jill Straight, Dorcas Ministries
"I've been working in nonprofits nearly my whole career, and I still found Lisa's guidance informative, relevant, timely and helpful. What's more, she has walked in our shoes; she knows all of the pressures we face and she finds ways to be encouraging while remaining realistic."
Hilary Parker, Verge Theater
"Lisa accepted the job as our Retreat Facilitator 2 weeks before the event and jumped in feet first, immersing herself in the work. At the retreat, our group swayed off topic quite a bit, but Lisa made sure to keep us on track. I appreciate Lisa’s willingness to change and move the agenda based on the flow of the conversation to make sure that we were set up for success."
Shanda Sumpter, NC Child
"When Lillian's List created Win Locally to train progressive women running at the local level, we knew a workshop that helped women develop their personal narratives would be crucial. We worked with Lisa to develop that workshop and found a committed partner who brought passion for our mission and really tried to understand the needs of our candidates and our desired goals. Lisa's session design and facilitation ensured the Personal Public Narrative workshop would be impactful, meet our goals, and advance the campaigns of the candidates who attended."
Sarah Preston, Lillian's List
“We couldn’t be happier that Lisa was recommended to us to facilitate our board strategic planning retreat sessions. She helped us quickly craft a process that worked efficiently and effectively. Lisa grounded us in our own stories, allowing us to explore what brings us as individuals to this work in early childhood development and why we are committed to ensuring the well-being and success of our young children. Her knowledge of strategic planning and her skill in working with boards ensured that we were asking and answering the key questions that would help us to move forward with a solid foundation for achieving our goals and objectives.”
Robin Pulver, Orange County Partnership for Young Children
"Lisa was able to quickly understand, synthesize and be responsive to our unique needs and desired impact as a small nonprofit with really big goals. She has brought skills, knowledge and expertise on policy, advocacy and member engagement to support our Board and staff in thinking strategically and acting intentionally in our work on behalf of young children, their families and early childhood educators. Lisa’s approach is grounded in positive relationships and fosters thoughtful leadership that results in achieving important outcomes."
Lorie Barnes, NCAEYC