top of page
Image by Nick Scheerbart

Guest Speaker: Lisa Dietlin


December 10, 2016

Author of "I Got Hit by a Taxi" and 5 other books, NDEr, Founder and President of the Institute for Transformational Philanthropy.

Lisa M. Dietlin is a nationally 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.

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 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. All of her books are available for purchase on and on the Amazon Kindle.

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 Library of Congress, Alzheimer’s Association and Feeding America.

Active in the development and fundraising arenas since 1982, Ms. Dietlin is, and continues to be, active on many on nonprofit boards where she contributes her extensive experience in strategic planning for development and fundraising. She is a frequent and highly valued speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurial giving, major gifts fundraising, moves management and board development.

Ms. Dietlin is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Nonprofit Degree and Certificate Program at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, where she taught "Annual and Major Gifts Fundraising†and the self-designed course "Capital Campaigns for Nonprofit Organizations.â€

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

For more information, see

bottom of page