Lisa Leander

Program Manager, Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

What are your responsibilities with Vital Voices?
Lisa is a Program Manager for the VV GROW Fellowship program, a year-long accelerator for women owned small businesses in Latin America, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Favorite Quote?

“Tell me, I forget.
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.”
– Chinese proverb

List five things that people could ask you about
Business education, international development, Salesforce, manatees, tennis


What makes a great leader?

I believe that a great leader will always put those that they are leading first, even at the expense of their own self-interest.


What would be the title of your autobiography?

Tiny but Mighty


What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing women leaders?

The balance of family, work and home.


You’re hosting a small dinner and have seats for three famous people, who are they?

Anderson Cooper, Malala Yousafzai and Mindy Kaling, but hopefully I’m catering the meal. Cooking is not one of the five things you should ask me about.