Founder Elisabeth Williams brings extensive experience with mission-driven organizations and determination to make a positive impact in the world to create a new kind of social impact community. AWE Partners educates women on how to give, invest, and shop for impact from a place of authenticity. The firm also works closely with entrepreneurs to align their business mission and cause-related passion.
Lis began her career at Andersen Consulting and then Continental Bank. Wanting to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, she embarked on a consulting career eventually landing at the Chicagoland Enterprise Center, a project of the Civic Club of Chicago providing consulting services to small businesses.
While raising her children, Lis continued to hone her skills in the not for profit community through volunteering, serving on boards and providing pro bono consulting services in strategic planning. She has created programs for schools and churches in the areas of youth tutoring, family outreach and women’s faith sharing.
Lis is passionate about educating women on allocating their charitable dollars and investments for maximum impact. Additionally, she encourages them to discover meaning through sharing their gifts and talents in service to the world, a practice she calls “AWE-thentic Impact.” Lis is particularly focused on issues related to the empowerment of women and children worldwide.
Lis holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She keeps abreast of the latest in the non-profit world by taking continuing education courses at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management, participating in webinars and networking events, and reading everything she can get her hands on about the social impact arena. Lis is a partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago and the founder and facilitator of the Kellogg Entrepreneur’s Organization (KEO) – West/NW Chicago Suburb Chapter.
Her most fulfilling experience has been raising her two sons. Now that they’re teenagers, she’s working to change the world while avoiding becoming that parent who shows up uninvited on her kids’ college campus.