Lisa Nitze

The Social Impact of Coaching: How the ICF Foundation is exploring the power of coaching for humanity and the planet

The ICF Foundation is on a mission to exhibit how coaching can create sustainable, positive change for humanity and the planet. We know that coaching is an amplifier and accelerator, and when applied, creates solutions and a ripple effect of impact. ICF Foundation Trustees and Staff will provide an interactive discussion on coaching for mission-driven organizations and individuals. Attendees will come away with a common language, coaching tools, and inspiration to apply coaching for social impact.


Lisa has 30 years’ experience leading organizations and initiatives working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. As recent CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle, Lisa led a team responsible for engaging and educating over 500 philanthropists making pooled investments in social enterprises and collective impact initiatives.

Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Enterprise Program, School of International Studies, American University and a Lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She has taught graduate courses on Impact Entrepreneurship, Social Mission Businesses, SROI Metrics Measurement & Evaluation, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Lisa and her husband Peter live in West Seattle and spend as much time as possible with their four children and two grandchildren.

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