Lisa’s Many Hats
This selfless, behind the scenes attitude earned Lisa quite a reputation in Lakeland, as word of her exceptional work spread to other organizations. Doors opened for her when LLAA alumni, who admired Lisa’s work, asked for assistance with other organizations they were engaged with, including the Lakeland Bar Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and Kiwanis.
The Lakeland Bar Association is comprised of attorneys and judges in the 10th Judicial Circuit. LBA provides its members with the opportunity to network at monthly meetings and further their education through continuing legal education units. LBA members foster change and make a difference through community outreach, which takes the form of anything from supporting the law academies at the local high schools to helping at Habitat for Humanity. As the Executive Director, Lisa works behind the scenes to maintain their website and membership databases, and organize their events.
“Lisa produces dozens of meetings per year from small committees of 4 or 5 all the way 250 attendees and more, and she does it with great energy and true servant leadership,” Sam Crosby of Sam Crosby of Miller, Crosby & Miller, P.A said. “When I need my batteries and optimism recharged I call Lisa.”
Both within and between each organization, Lisa wears many hats, though she says her favorite part of each job is event planning. From golf tournaments to annual meanings, she loves to see her efforts come to life.
“My goal in life is to make others look good,” she says. “From event planner to website manager to fundraiser, every day brings new opportunities and challenges. There are yearly changes in officers and board members, so I feel that my main role is to help each group stay organized and focused. I have become their historian and memory bank. My job is to use my knowledge and skills to help each group of board members and officers make the organization stronger.”
No two days are the same for Lakeland’s own superbusymom. While some are spent in front of the computer or on the phone, others are spent out on the road, running errands or preparing for her latest event or meeting. Above all, Lisa loves working behind the scenes, an unsung hero in the Lakeland community. In fact, Lisa often feels that she gets too much recognition for her efforts, preferring to fly under the radar.