In the year 2000, Lisa Brown launched Nonprofit HR Solutions: a human resources consulting firm that specializes in meeting the needs of nonprofit organizations.Â Although her career was going quite swimmingly at the time, Lisa had served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (now known as LeadingAge) as well and other reputable nonprofit organizations, Lisa knew that as her own boss and head of her own business, she could provide a much needed service to nonprofits.
â€œNonprofit organizations provide some of societyâ€™s most needed services â€“ from feeding the hungry to healthcare to education to the elimination of poverty. My companyâ€™s sole purpose is to help those nonprofits serve communities even more effectively through their staff.â€
Lisa came to this area from Montreal, Canada to attend the mighty, mighty (no Iâ€™m not biased, just a Bison) Howard University, which is where we met.Â (cue â€œGirls Just Wanna Have Funâ€ music)Â Sheâ€™s been a resident of Prince Georgeâ€™s County for 13 years and continues to make us all proud.Â Washington Business Journal has named her as one of 2011â€™s Minority Business Leaders Award recipients. â€œI was excited and shocked to receive this award! Considering I hadnâ€™t won anything since the eighth grade, it was a complete honor to be recognized by the Washington, DC business community! DC has so many dynamic professionals of color. Seeing them receive recognition and being among them was absolutely fabulous!â€
With so many successes under her belt, youâ€™d think that Lisa would be delegating and sipping mint juleps by the seashore but no, what does she do?Â She tackles the silent struggle of depression in women.Â In her new book, â€œStrong on the Outside, Dying on the Inside,â€ Lisa Brown tells the story of living with a beautiful faÃ§ade but a flawed foundation and her own rebuilding process.Â â€œSo many strong, beautiful Black women are living with depression in silence. My goal in writing the book was to help them realize that they are not alone. Depression is a very real mental health condition that effects some 17-20 million Americans every year. But because the subject is taboo in the Black community, so many people â€“ male and female â€“ suffer in shame never seeking the help that they need.â€
Business mogul, mother, friend, servant, sister, survivor:Â Meet Lisa Brown, Prince Georgeâ€™s County resident.