Lisa Brown Alexander

Speaker, Author, CEO

Lisa Brown Alexander's engaging talks will inspire your event attendees to break down barriers and challenge the status quo.

Over sixteen years ago, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the leading human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, and in the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.

Lisa’s unique insights into the nonprofit sector, talent and culture and building a successful business in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges will leave your audience with the ideas and tools they need to make positive changes in their own organizations and careers.

Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country, including Amnesty International, Independent Sector and NeighborWorks America. With more than two decades of human resource management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Lisa and her firm have proven that better HR can play an integral role in nonprofit success. Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. She believes if an organization can strengthen its internal HR capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need. Lisa brings these beliefs to every engagement, and inspires nonprofit leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people.

Lisa actively contributes to the strength of the nonprofit sector through her advisory roles with Fund the People and Equity in the Center initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences and events and has authored scores of articles in nonprofit and HR publications on human resources issues. Lisa also serves on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Community Youth Advance (formerly Mentoring to Manhood) and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation.

Lisa in the media.

Lisa Brown Alexander was recently featured on WJLA ABC7’s Working Woman Series. The segment not only details Lisa’s journey to start and grow the leading HR firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector, but also highlights the strength and size of the nonprofit sector.

Tovia Smith, NPR News National Desk Correspondent, turned to Lisa Brown Alexander to share her insights on the responsibilities human resources professionals have in investigating, reporting and resolving sexual harassment cases. Listen to the podcast to learn more about HR’s role in helping victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Business of givingLisa Brown Alexander recently joined Denver Frederick of The Business of Giving to discuss the importance of talent and culture in the nonprofit sector.

Listen to the full interview to hear more about the intersection between talent, culture, mission and sustainability.

Lisa Brown Alexander recently sat down with Habitat for Humanity to share her HR expertise and discuss effective talent management, succession planning and change management strategies within the nonprofit sector.

Listen to the full interview to learn about the importance of building an effective talent management framework within your organization.

Speaking Engagements

  • 2017

    November 16, 2017: Building and Fostering an Inclusive Culture
    Innovation Design Summit: Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce
    Tampa, Florida

    October 25-27, 2017: Talent: The Missing Piece of Nonprofit Sustainability
    Independent Sector: Our Common Future Conference
    Detroit, Michigan

    October 13, 2017: Leveraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Greater Impact
    Associations @ Work Business Conference
    Baltimore, Maryland

    June 2017: It Matters to Colleagues
    Focus on the Important Nonprofit Conference
    Washington, D.C

    January 2017: Nonprofit Employee Retention Strategies
    501(c) Agencies Trust Webinar
    Washington, D.C.

  • 2016

    February: Career Pathways Into & Around the World
    JobsFirstNYC – Community-Based, Demand Driven: Strategies for Building Next Generation Programs Series
    New York, NY

    February: Public and Nonprofit Sectors as Employers Panel
    JobsFirstNYC – Community-Based, Demand Driven: Strategies for Building Next Generation Programs Series
    New York, NY

    April: Why Talent Matters to Mission: Human Capital Management Practices & Trends for 2016 and Beyond 
    Cincinnati, OH

    May: Why Talent Matters to Mission: Human Capital Management Practices & Trends for 2016 and Beyond
    Executive Leadership Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI

    May: Becoming an Employer of Choice
    OPERA America’s Opera Conference 2016
    Montreal, QC

    November: Hiring Practices that Create a Culture of Innovation
    Independent Sector Conference 2016
    Washington, D.C.

  • 2015

    January: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Alliance Management Institute
    Moderator – Keynote Session: “Strategic Partnerships”
    Salt Lake City, UT

    July: Inside NGO’s Pathways to Excellence Conference 2015
    Topic: Latest trends, insights, tools and critical skills

    September: Superior Engagement Managers (SEMs) & U.S. Nonprofit Organizations
    Topic: How superior Engagement Managers (SEMs) drive employee engagement and develop in nonprofits

    September: 15th Annual Public Private Partnership Conference
    Topic: Trends of the nonprofit sector, how to encourage millennials to seek nonprofit careers and strategies for funding and grant-making

    November: Leading Age Annual Conference

    Panelist: Senior Leadership Development The COO’s Role
    Boston, MA

  • 2014

    April: HR West Annual Conference
    Topic:”Collaborative & Strategic Thinking for HR”
    San Francisco, CA

    April: 2014 Positioned for Progress Conference
    Topic: “How to Manage Without an HR Department”

    June: Minnesota Council for Nonprofits Leadership Conference
    Topic: “Nonprofit Workplace Trends: Putting Best Practices to Work”
    Minneapolis, MN

    October: National Industries for the Blind | Human Resources Forum
    Topic: “Best Practices in Talent Management Strategies”
    Crystal City, VA

    October: 2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum (BLF|2014)
    Topic: “Hands Off? The Board’s Role in Human Resources Management”

    October: Northern California Human Resources Association
    Topic: “Collaborative & Strategic Thinking: HR As Business Partners”

    November: 2014 Independent Sector National Conference

    Panelist: “Reimagining the Workforce of 2025”
    Seattle, WA

Lisa’s most popular talks:

  • How To Turn Your HR Department Into a Powerhouse
  • The Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey: Key Findings and What They Mean to Your Nonprofit
  • Workplace Culture: Is Yours Healthy?
  • Employee Engagement: What Every Organization Should be Doing Now
  • Collaborative & Strategic Thinking for HR
  • The State of HR in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Executive Director Reviews: Aligning with Organizational Goals, Performance & Outcomes
  • Finding Top Talent to Drive Your Mission Forward
  • Making the Business Case for HR in Nonprofits
  • The Talent Factor: How Top Talent Can Make Your Nonprofit’s Mission a Reality
  • Overcoming the “Dark Side” of Entrepreneurship
  • Unemployable? Why Unemployed Individuals May Be Just the Type of Talent Your Nonprofit Needs
  • The X Factor: Why Some Nonprofit Leaders Succeed and Others Fail
  • Talent Underinvestment: Why the Nonprofit Sector Undervalues Talent and What We Can Do About It
  • Underpaid, Overworked and Undervalued? Combatting Stereotypes About Nonprofit Employment
  • Goodbye Glass Ceiling: Is Gender and Race Still Holding Us Back in the Workplace?
  • Understanding Overhead: Reimagining the Role of Staff in the 21st Century Nonprofit
  • Building Mission-Driven Leaders from Within
  • The Retention Equation: Why Your Best Talent is Leaving and What You Can Do About It

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