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, philanthropic consultant, coach and facilitator.  

Ms. Dietlin has provided her expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals, corporate leaders as well as nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that facilitate transformational change. Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 1000 organizations nationwide, including the Alzheimer’s Association, BMO Harris, Kiwanis International, Aetna, VolunteerMatch, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Junior League, Zonta and Feeding America.  She has been a keynote speaker/presenter or facilitate discussions for several organizations and corporations including Navigant, UBS, Big Ten Development Conference, Alpha Gamma Delta, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Stout Risius Ross, Sigma Kappa, Metropolitan Capital Bank and Trust, Merrill Lynch to name a few.

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, Bloomberg, Reuters,The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Crain’s Chicago Business, CS Magazine and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of 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 and is available in 7 languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean and Mandarin Chinese.  Her sixth book was released in September 2015 is titled, I Got Hit By A Taxi, But You Look Run Over: Life Lessons about Happiness and Joy based on her real life experience of being hit and run over by a taxi in the loop of Chicago.  All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com and on the Amazon Kindle.

 Ms. Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and Alpena Community College.  She has served or serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University as well as DePaul University and North Park University.  She is the Founder of The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy (lisadietlin.com) as well as several other companies.

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

@lisadietlin

TV AND RADIO/PRESENTATIONS

Interview, First Business AM, “Voluntour and Do-Good Vacations" (June 5, 2018)
Interview, First Business AM, “Tax Break Tips " (March 27, 2018)
Interview, WGN News at Noon, “Deductions at Tax Filing Time” (March 26, 2018)
Interview, First Business AM, “Softer Side of the Super Bowl” (February 2018)
Interview, WGN Radio with Amy Guth, “Talking All Things Philanthropy” (February 2018)
Interview, First Business AM, “Virtual Volunteering on MLK Day” (January 2018)
Interview, CLTV Inside Politics, “Charitable Giving and 2018 Tax Laws” (January 2018)
Interview, WGN News at Noon, “Year End Giving” (December 29, 2017)
Interview, WGN News at Noon, “Year End Giving” (December 29, 2017)
Interview, WGN Radio 720 at Noon, “Year End Giving” (December 26, 2017)
Keynote Speaker, Trinity Church (Wheaton), “Transformational Change: Achieving Goals with Happiness and Joy” (November 15, 2017)
Interview, WGN News at 10, “Fighting Charity Fatigue” (October 17, 2017)
Interview, First Business AM, “Breast Cancer Awareness” (October 2017)
Interview, First Business AM, “Hurricane Relief Efforts” (September 13, 2017)
Keynote Speaker, Big 10 Development Conference, “Transformational Change: Achieving Goals with Happiness and Joy” (July 12, 2017)
Keynote Speaker, Alpha Gamma Delta, “Transofrmational Change: Achieving Goals with Happiness and Joy” (July 7, 2017)
Keynote Speaker, Merrill Lynch Women’s Exchange, “Transformational Change: Achieving Goals with Happiness and Joy” (March 2, 2017)
Interview, First Business AM, “Tax Deductions and Charity” (April 4, 2017)
Keynote Speaker, Merrill Lynch Women’s Exchange, “Transofrmational Change: Achieving Goals with Happiness and Joy” (March 2, 2017)
Interview, WGN Radio with Amy Guth, “Talking All Things Philanthropy” (February 18, 2017)
Interview, WGN Radio with Amy Guth, “Holiday Giving and Avoiding Scams” (December 24, 2016)
Interview, CLTV Inside Politics, “Year End Giving” (December 23, 2016)
Interview, First Business AM, “Holiday Giving and Avoiding Scams” (December 20, 2016)
Presenter, Morgan Stanley “Achieving Goals” (December 12-13, 2016)

Articles, Publications, Appearances