Lisa Brown Alexander, CEO, International Keynote Speaker & Author

Engaging keynote presentations that inspire event attendees to break down barriers and challenge the status quo!

Over nineteen 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.

The mission that you’re trying to realize, whether it is to eradicate hunger, eliminate poverty, or to advocate for social justice is disproportionately impacted by the lack of investment in talent.” – Lisa Brown Alexander

Over the course of her career, Lisa has presented to hundreds of organizations, staff and leadership teams, covering all things talent management for the social sector.

To hire Lisa for your upcoming event, contact Nonprofit HR for speaker details. 202.785.2060.

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.

Lisa in the Media

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

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

To inquire about Lisa's availability to speak at your next event, fill out the form below.

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