LISA DIETLIN, M.A. Author, philanthropy expert/advisor, coach, TV/Radio personality. Lisa coaches people to achieve their goals through her methodology of simply doing three things a day! You will be amazed at the results. EXPERTISE: Philanthropy/Nonprofit sector; Women in Leadership; Goal setting for individuals with undecided career goals.


LISA M. DIETLIN is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change in both the personal and professional arenas. A leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, her deep experience with fundraising and the nonprofit sector, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have led her to become one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation, making numerous appearances on TV and radio.
In addition, Lisa’s conviction that anyone can be an agent for positive change by Making A Difference® in their own life has made her a highly sought after keynote speaker, lauded for delivering compelling and practical tools for personal growth, goal achievement, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance full of “happiness and joy” to a wide range of audiences across all industries.

A frequent contributor to magazines and news outlets, Lisa has also authored several books on the subjects of change and growth, including Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, the Making a Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas, and Stories to Change Your World series, The Power of Three: How To Achieve Your Goals By Simply Doing Three Things A Day, and the autobiographical I Got Hit By A Taxi But You Look Run Over: Life Lessons about Happiness and Joy.

Behind the scenes, Lisa has provided strategic guidance to over 1000 organizations, as well as to entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and nonprofit boards and staffs to help them enact transformational change at the individual, structural, and national levels. As founder of The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy, she is an in-demand coach and instructor with frequent stints as adjunct faculty at Chicago’s Northwestern University, DePaul University, and North Park University, as well as helming training seminars for clients ranging from Fortune 500’s and international charitable organizations to community-based nonprofits.

Lisa’s awards include the Distinguished Graduate Award from Alpena Community College, a Certificate Of Appreciation from the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, and induction into the Alpena High School Hall Of Fame. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Capital Bank and Trust, and for three years she served as a National Judge for the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” annual charity recognition award, and was recently cited as a “Remarkable Woman” by The Chicago Tribune.

A native of Michigan, Lisa holds undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University and Alpena Community College, and a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Keynote Speaking Clients Include: ADRP, AFP, Alpha Gamma Delta Int’l, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Athena Awards, Axelson Center, Bank of America, Big Ten Conference, Bernstein, Besser Foundation, CASE, The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Fraternity Executives Assoc., Girl Scouts, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Junior League, Kiwanis Int’l, March of Dimes, Merrill Lynch, Michigan State University, Mid Iowa Planned Giving Council, Minnesota State Community Colleges and Universities, Morgan Stanley, Navigant, Northern Trust Bank, Northwestern University, NSFRE, NY College and Community Fellowship, Sigma Kappa International, Stout Risius Ross, Tucson Festival of Books, UBS, United Way, University of Baltimore, VolunteerMatch, and Wells Fargo, among others. Full List AT: LISADIETLIN.COM

Broadcast Appearances Include: ABC 7, Business First AM, CBS 2 TV, CLTV, ESPN, Fox 32 TV, Radio Denver, Santa Fe Public Radio, NBC 5 TV, Oprah & Friends XM Radio, Voice America, WBEZ Radio, WCIU 26 TV, The Weather Channel, WGN 9 TV, WGN Radio, WRNW1 New York, WYCC TV, and Sirius XM Radio, among others. Full List at: LISADIETLIN.COM

My standard coaching fee is $350 per hour.

Happy to provide a 30% discount for MSU affiliated (graduates, students, staff, faculty) to $245 per hour.

If a block of time is purchased (5 hours or more) the rate drops to $175 per hour.

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    […] Lisa M. Dietlin is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving and transformational change who, as a leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, is a highly coveted keynote speaker, media personality, philanthropic consultant, coach and facilitator. Ms. Dietlin has provided her expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals, corporate leaders as well as nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that facilitate transformational change. Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 1000 organizations nationwide, including the Alzheimer’s Association, BMO Harris, Kiwanis International, Aetna, VolunteerMatch, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Junior League, Zonta and Feeding America. She has been a keynote speaker/presenter or facilitate discussions for several organizations and corporations including Navigant, UBS, Big Ten Development Conference, Alpha Gamma Delta, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Stout Risius Ross, Sigma Kappa, Metropolitan Capital Bank and Trust, Merrill Lynch to name a few. Ms. Dietlin’s decades-long experience in the fundraising and nonprofit arenas, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have led her to become one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation. She is a frequent presence on several TV and radio programs, including NBC, CBS, Oprah & Friends Radio, WGN, The Weather Channel and WCIU in Chicago, FOX News and National Public Radio. She is frequently quoted in national publications such as USA Today, Marketwatch, Reuters and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Crain’s Chicago Business, CS Magazine and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving.” Ms. Dietlin is also the author of four books on the subjects of charitable giving and enacting positive change: Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, Making a Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas, and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference® III: Still More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World. Her fifth book, The Power of Three: How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a day was published in June 2014 and is available in 7 languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. Her sixth book was released in September 2015 is titled, I Got Hit By A Taxi, But You Look Run Over: Life Lessons about Happiness and Joy based on her real life experience of being hit and run over by a taxi in the loop of Chicago. All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com and on the Amazon Kindle. Ms. Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and Alpena Community College. She has served or serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University as well as DePaul University and North Park University. She is the Founder of The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy (lisadietlin.com) as well as several other companies. Ms. Dietlin resides in Chicago. She is originally from Alpena, Michigan. @lisadietlin […]

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