awe /ô/noun wondering reverence tinged with fear inspired by the sublime
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 is a boutique advisory firm that 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. She then embarked on a more entrepreneurial consulting career including 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 is a member of the Investment Committee of Social Venture Partners Chicago, on the Advisory Council for Northwestern Medicine’s Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, and the founder and facilitator of the Kellogg Female Entrepreneur’s Mastermind (K-FEMM).
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.
To this end, Lis has created AWE, a non-partisan, inter-faith, global community of women committed to social impact. Together, we seek to discover meaning in life through service to the Universe. By embracing our unique gifts and talents, honing them and sharing with others, we live out our soul’s calling in solidarity with all of humanity.
Light the Dark
Heal the World
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