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


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.” 

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

Annual Grief Symposium

Advisors in Philanthropy Conference

ADRP National Conference

AFP Arizona State Conference

AFP New Mexico

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

Archdiocese of Chicago

Archdiocese of Tucson

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

Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Bank of America


Besser Foundation

Big 10 Development Conference

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

Council for Resource Development

DePaul University

DLA Piper Board Service Training

Dollinger & Co.

Earth Share of Illinois

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

Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP

Kiwanis International, Indiana District

Kiwanis International, Nebraska - Iowa District

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 Schools & Government Credit Union

Michigan State University

Mid Iowa Planned Giving Council

Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse

Minnesota State Community Colleges and 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

OKD Honors Leadership Fraternity

Pima Community College Foundation

Prevent Child Abuse America Michigan

Rotary Club of Albion

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo

Sigma Kappa International

Social Entrepreneurship Org.

Stout Risius Ross

Taproot Foundation

The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

The Book Stall

The Dailey Method Studios

The Fortune Society

The Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

Tucson Festival of Books

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

WVDO, Portland

Young Women Strong Leaders Conference

Zonta Club of Alpena



© 2018 LISA M. DIETLIN/, All Rights Reserved



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

The JayBeau Show

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


Alliance Management Institute

Alzheimer’s Association

Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Assn. of Fundraising Professionals

Black Olive

Campaign for Justice

Cancer Center, UIC

Chicago Children's Advocay Center

Chicago Foundation for Women

The Clinton Foundation

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Erie Neighborhood House


Feeding America

The Food Depot

The Forest Preserve Foundation

Gateway To College National Network

Giving DuPage

Growing Hope Globally

Harper College

Harris Bank

Illinois Math & 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

ReNEW Chicago

Riders for Health

Second Harvest Food Bank

Sigma Kappa National Housing

UI Health/UIC Cancer Center

University of Illinois Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago

2018 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


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

The Duke Of Edinburgh International Award

Federation of Virginia Food Banks

Feeding America

Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Geneva Lake Conservancy

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana

Harris Bank

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

St. Viator High School

Teen Living Programs

University of Baltimore

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.

Philanthropy Expert and Transformational Change Agent


Get On Lisa's List!