Degree(s): Bachelor's degree and master's in public relations
Lisa M. Chmiola, M.S., CFRE, has more than 20 years in philanthropic development experience. She has served in major and planned giving roles in education (public and private) and religious institutions, following initial career experience in event-based philanthropy. As chief fablanthropist for Fablanthropy (the intersection of fabulous and philanthropy), she works with nonprofit organizations and fundraising professionals providing consulting, training, and coaching services, particularly on legacy giving strategies. An AFP master trainer since 2014, Ms. Chmiola has presented at four AFP International Conferences, and a variety of AFP and other industry association regional conferences, chapter meetings, and webinars. She serves as an adjunct instructor in communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and in Rice University's Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. Ms. Chmiola also is an active volunteer, serving on the U.S. Government Relations committee and the Emerging Leaders Task Force for AFP Global, as board member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (and past president of the Houston chapter), as a committee chair for the AFP Baton Rouge Chapter, as a Junior League of Lafayette sustainer, and is a graduate of Leadership Houston. Additionally, she has co-authored several pieces for AFP Advancing Philanthropy magazine.