As a Board member of the International Book Project (IBP), I’m particularly interested in the link between literacy and economic development. From my perspective, literacy is the single most important gift that can be given to an individual. Without the ability to read or write, an individual stands almost no chance of succeeding in today’s competitive global environment. When literacy rates increase, standards of living increase too.
I enjoy working with IBP because its mission of helping spread literacy around the world empowers people and enriches lives. Although IBP is a small organization, its work has ahugeimpact on the lives of people all over the world. In my mind, a library full of books is one of the most effective tools for fighting poverty and fostering economic development both here and abroad. Never underestimate the power of a good book!
Lisa is the incoming Executive Director of the International Book Project. An avid reader since childhood, Lisa believes that literacy opens doors to all worlds of opportunity. South African journalist and librarian Hazel Rochman said, “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Books sparked Lisa’s interest in international affairs and led to a varied and fulfilling career that has taken her from international management and business development with Fortune 500 companies to raising a family in Kentucky, working as a volunteer and board member for a multitude of philanthropic and charitable projects and managing a congressional campaign. Lisa feels at home anywhere and everywhere, having lived in Lexington, Kentucky and the family farm in Washington, Kentucky for two decades, as well as having lived, traveled and worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. A native of Southern California, Lisa holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from UCLA. Her favorite author is Wallace Stegner, but she has too many favorite books to single out just one!
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