As a keynote speaker, Lisa's subjects include entrepreneurial giving, major gifts fundraising, moves management, and board development, as well as work/life balance, achieving success, and personal change and empowerment.


magazines and websites, Lisa is frequently cited in major publications and was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post via her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving.” In 2020, Lisa was named one of 'Chicago's 20 Most Inspiring People' and honored at a gala alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Lisa sits on the Women’s Advisory Board for Metropolitan Capital, A Universal Bank, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Chicago's Northwestern, DePaul, and North Park Universities, as well as Assistant Dean of Development at the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois.

826 National
ADRP National Conference
Advisors in Philanthropy Conference
AFP Arizona State Conference
AFP New Mexico
AFP Quad Cities
AFP Southern Arizona
AFP West Michigan
After School Matters
Albion Rotary
Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
Alpena Community College
Alpena High School
Alpha Gamma Delta International
Alzheimer’s Association
Ann Satter’s Group of Girls
Annual Grief Symposium
Arc Of Illinois
Archdiocese of Chicago
Archdiocese of Tucson
Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, The
Arts and Sciences Advancement Professionals
Assn. of Donor Relations Professionals
Assn. of Fundraising Professionals
Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums
Athena Awards
Athletes Against Drugs
Attachment Parenting International
Authors’ Group of the Union League Club
Autism One Conference
AVAP (Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals)
Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
Bank of America
Besser Foundation
Big 10 Development Conference
Book Stall, The
Casa Central Board Meeting
CASE Conference
CASE District II Conference
CASE District III Conference
CASE District III Conference
CASE District V Conference
Center for Missing and Abducted Children's Organizations
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Center for Spiritual Living
Chicago Family Business Council
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago IANDS
Chicago Nonprofit Volunteer Fair
Children’s Trust Fund
Chippewa Valley Fundraising Professionals
College of DuPage
Council for Resource Development
Dailey Method Studios, The
DePaul University
DLA Piper Board Service Training
Dollinger & Co.
Earth Share of Illinois
Feeding America
FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo)
Fortune Society, The
Fraternity Executives Association
Gasper Financial Group
Gateway for Research
Gateway to College National Conference
Girl Scouts of America
Giving DuPage
Here and Now Conference
Illinois Civic Mission Coalition
Illinois Community College System Foundation
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Junior League of Chicago
La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP
Kiwanis International - Indiana District
Kiwanis International - Nebraska/Iowa District
Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals
Macomb Intermediate - School District
Macomb Literacy Partners
March of Dimes
McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Merrill Lynch – The Voit Group
Metropolitan Capital Bank and Trust
Michigan County Social Services Assn.
Michigan Realtors® Association
Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union
Michigan State University
Mid Iowa Planned Giving Council
Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, The
Minnesota State Community Colleges & Universities
Morgan Stanley
National Alliance of Grieving Children
National Assn. of Home Care and Hospice
Navigant Women’s Employee Group
North Park University
Northern Trust Bank
Northwestern University
NSFRE Chicago Chapter
NY College and Community Fellowship
OSF Healthcare
OKD Honors Leadership Fraternity
Pima Community College
Pima Community College Foundation
Prevent Child Abuse America Michigan
Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis International
Rotary Club of Albion
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Sigma Kappa International
Social Entrepreneurship Org.
Stout Risius Ross
Taproot Foundation
Trinity Church Wheaton

UBS Financial Services
Union League Club
United Way
University of Baltimore
University of Illinois
University Prep Science and Math
VM Summit 3
Volunteer Match
Women’s Club of Inverness
Wells Fargo
WVDO, Portland
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Young Women Strong Leaders Conference
Zonta Club of Alpena

Lisa M. Dietlin is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, the author of several books on enacting positive change, an internationally recognized expert on transformational change, philanthropy, and charitable giving, and the founder of The Institute Of Transformational Philanthropy.

A leading voice in the American nonprofit sector, she is a trusted philanthropic advisor to major corporations and nonprofit organizations, providing expert strategic consulting and guidance on implementing transformational philanthropy practices.


America’s Second Harvest
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
Chicago Run
College of DuPage
Collin College
Duke Of Edinburgh International Award. The
Federation of Virginia Food Banks
Feeding America
Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)
Geneva Lake Conservancy
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Harris Bank
Harper Educational Foundation
The Hope Project
Koraes Elementary School
Literacy DuPage
March of Dimes – Illinois
Mary Queen of Heaven
Michigan State University
New Mexico Land Conservancy
North Texas Food Bank
Pima Community College Foundation
Saint Ignatius College Prep
Santa Fe Community Foundation
South Louisiana Community College Educational Foundation
St. Viator High School
Teen Living Programs
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
University of Baltimore



Alliance Management Institute
Alzheimer’s Association
Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Black Olive
Campaign for Justice
Cancer Center, UIC
Chicago Children's Advocay Center
Chicago Foundation for Women
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Erie Neighborhood House
Feeding America
Fletcher Technical Community College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
The Food Depot
The Forest Preserve Foundation
Gateway To College Nat'l Network
Giving DuPage
Growing Hope Globally
Harper College
Harris Bank
Humanity Rising
Illinois Math and Science Academy
Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Irwin for Congress
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
The Junior League
Kiwanis International
KO Strategies
La Casa Norte
Latino Policy Forum
The Library of Congress
Loyola University
Maestro Cares
Maine Women's Fund
Metropolitan Planning Council
Michigan Technological University
Moraine Valley Community College
OJJDP Online University
Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams
Pine Mountain Music Festival
Riders for Health
RENEW Chicago
Second Harvest Food Bank
Sigma Kappa National Housing
South Louisiana Community College
South Louisiana Community College Educational Foundation
UI Health/UIC Cancer Center
University of Illinois Chicago

She is a frequent guest on high profile television and radio programs, and served for two years at CBS TV2 as their in-house Charity Contributor, appearing regularly to educate and inspire viewers on charitable giving.  In addition to contributing articles to a variety of

ABC 7 News

The Bay 107.7

Better TV National Affiliates

Business First AM

CBS TV 2 Chicago

CBS 2 Morning News

Champagne and Snark Podcast

CLTV Inside Politics

CLTV Politics Tonight

Contact Talk Radio, Seattle

ESPN Chicago 1000 Beyond Sports

ESPN Dallas Beyond News

ESPN Radio

Eye On Chicago (CBS 2 TV)

First Business News

Fox News Chicago

Gabby Road Show (WCGO AM)
br> The JayBeau Show

The Jen Weigel Show (WLS 890 AM)

Jennings Wire Podcast

KC AfterDark Show

KOA 820 Radio Denver

KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio


The Michael Koolidge Show

NBC TV 5 Chicago

NBC 5 Morning News

NBC 5 News

Oprah & Friends XM Radio

The Traveling Eye Show


WATZ 99.3

The Wave 99.9

WBEZ Radio: The Afternoon Shift

WBKB TV 11 Talk of The Town

WCBM 680


WCPT 820 AM Radio

The Weather Channel

Wisconsin Public Radio

WGN America

WGN 720 AM

WGN TV (National)

WGN News at 5

WGN Nightly News

WGN Plus

WGN Radio

WGN TV Evening News

WGN TV, Midday Fix

WGN TV Midday News

WGVU Radio

WGVU TV: Newsmakers

WHAK 99.9 The Wave

WHSB 107.7

WMTU Radio

WRHU Radio

WRNW1 New York

WSCR 670

WVON 1690

WWL Radio


WYCC “In The Loop”

XM 141


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Philanthropy Expert and Transformational Change Agent





2022 - Certificate of Completion (DOTS program) ~

DePaul University

2019 ~ 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans ~ StreetWise Chicago

2008 Distinguished Graduate Award ~ Alpena Community College 

2015 Resolution Of Appreciation

Alpena Community College Foundation

2012 Certificate Of Appreciation

Association of Donor Relations Professionals

National Judge, Tom’s of Maine's "50 States for Good" 

Annual Charity Recognition Award,  2012-2015

2010 Alpena High School Hall Of Fame Inductee

Alpena High School, Michigan

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