Founder, President, and Publisher of Connection Victory Publishing Company
Lisa has had a fondness for books, words, and learning since she was a toddler when her mother gifted her a set of Encyclopedia Brittanica for Christmas and then read the entries to her through to first grade. She began writing poetry—pieces she can still recite—when she was ten and song lyrics as a young teen. As a non-traditional student in college, she found a passion for academic research and reporting (likely influenced by the encyclopedia) and was first published on a medical team during her undergrad studies in pre-med. After one year of med school, Lisa left to pursue business.
The path of exploring her entrepreneurial passion was convoluted. Lisa founded Connection Victory to provide business services and social media training, where there was a high need at the time. She knew that was low-hanging fruit and not her passion, so she continued to explore. That exploration led her to the idea of launching a digital magazine for fatherless daughters and she knew she needed an education in digital magazine publishing to ensure her success.
This newest iteration of Connection Victory is the silver lining after doors closed on Lisa, some figurative, and one literal and painful. By volunteering with a media organization focused on social justice, Lisa harnessed an opportunity to utilize the cumulative of her work experiences while recovering from a serious work injury (the literal door.)
Lisa became an editor for The Good Men Project, a digital magazine where the conversation included the topic of fatherlessness. She advanced to Lead Editor and has been an Executive Editor for over a year. She continues to serve on the small management team operating the digital magazine with over 5 million pageviews per month by readers in every country of the world. This involvement has allowed Lisa to connect with and learn from professionals in different aspects of publishing, most notably the esteemed Publisher, Lisa Hickey as well as fellow Executive Editor Wilhelm Cortez, an integral business associate with Connection Victory.
During her time with The Good Men Project, Lisa found her answer to every life coach’s question:
What kind of work would you do if you didn’t have to work for a living?
Lisa remembers the thrill of being published more than 20 years ago with the medical team and her first magazine article on Entrepreneur.com in 2014 before she began writing for The Good Men Project. She finds joy in helping new writers get published for the first time and enjoys coaching new columnists and book authors in developing their voice and platform.
On the business development end, she brings to the table her affinity for relationship-based business consulting, with an emphasis on connecting businesses to the resources they need to accomplish their goals. Her personable approach to networking and relationship building has been a key asset in this Social Marketing era. This was demonstrated in her leadership role with Chicago Underground Social Media Society and with Friends from the Underground, two networking and business education group in DuPage County, Illinois, as well as her position as online community manager for various organizations from 2009 to 2015, when she began getting involved with The Good Men Project community.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences in December 2008 with additional credits in psychology. She earned numerous academic scholarships, awards, and distinctions including Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, Dean’s and President’s lists and a President’s Excellence Award. She also has completed 30+ credit hours of first professional doctorate-level study in biomedical sciences and additional classes in Business. She considers herself a life-long learner.
Lisa’s traditional skills stem from her wide range of work-related experiences including: public relations for Caterpillar; owner-operator of a desktop publishing company with clients including Fuji Photo Film USA, The Prudential and many local companies; sales and marketing; event coordination, production, and promotion; teaching assistant and community educator; research assistant; editor of several corporate and scholarly publications; photographer; and, key-customer service coordinator in a manufacturing environment. Her related skills include creative design, custom business/fan pages on Facebook, WordPress website development, integrative strategy, event coordination & promotion, and photography.
Lisa is an advocate for natural medicine—chiropractic, naturopathic, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine and is an environmental champion. Working with The Good Men Project Community and their Social Interest Groups, she is a behind-the-scenes social justice activist working to educate society on issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and all other forms of oppression. She acknowledges her white privilege, recognizes she is not fully “woke,” and as is engaged to learn how to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
In her minimal spare time, Lisa enjoys playtime with her young grandchildren, rescuing old books, preparing healthful meals, and keeping in touch with friends via social media.
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Lisa’s personal blog is at LisaBlacker.com.