Speaking Engagements

Speaking Bio

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 and philanthropic consultant. She is also a leading motivational speaker and presenter encouraging audiences to not only go for their goals but how to achieve them.

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, and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving.” In 2007, Lisa was named Charity Contributor to CBS 2 Chicago, and has since appeared regularly to share ideas on how to get involved in charitable 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 to wide acclaim and is published in 7 languages including Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and English.

As President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc., Lisa provides her expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that facilitate transformational philanthropy and charitable giving. Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 140 organizations nationwide, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Kiwanis International, the Junior League and Feeding America Ms. Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Ms. Dietlin resides in Chicago. She is originally from Alpena, Michigan.

To contact Lisa for a speaking engagement, please call the LMDA offices at 773-772-4465 and speak with Meghan McDonnell to schedule a time to speak.