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  Lisa Holton
Professional/Personal Overview
  Lisa Holton is an independent writer and editor on business, personal finance and work topics. She is a former Chicago Sun-Times Business Editor and reporter and has authored or ghostwritten 15 books for business and consumer audiences, including corporate histories. She started her own business, The Lisa Company, in 1998, and is a partner in Really Simple Video, a web video consultancy formed in 2009.
Work Info
Book Author 20 Years
Reporter 20 Years
Writer 20 Years
Business (general) 30 Years
Law 15 Years
Personal Finance 25 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
30 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Chicago Sun-Times (11+), Crain's Chicago Business (11+), The Recorder (CalLaw.com) (11+), WORTH Online (6-10), CreditCards.com (6-10), ABA Journal (6-10), Journal of Financial Planning (6-10), National Law Journal (6-10), NextAvenue.org (3-5), Notre Dame Business Magazine (3-5), Southern Progress Custom Publishing (3-5), Southwest Spirit Magazine (3-5), John Marshall Law School magazine (3-5), ACP Hospitalist (3-5), AMA News (3-5), American Demographics (3-5), Chicago Tribune (3-5), Boston Globe (3-5), Columbia College DEMO magazine (3-5), Corporate Board Member magazine (3-5), USAA Magazine (3-5), Working Mother (1-2), Working Woman (1-2), GreenBiz.com (1-2), Latina (1-2), Parents Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Financial Planning Association (11+), Motor Coach Industries (11+), Protiviti KnowledgeLeader Website (11+), Robert Morris College (11+), Humana (6-10), Kellogg School of Management (6-10), Arthur Andersen (6-10), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (6-10), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (3-5), Grant Thornton (3-5), DePaul University Chicago (3-5), Euro RSCG Chicago (3-5), Sears Roebuck and Co. (3-5), Loyola University Chicago (3-5), University of Illinois at Chicago (3-5), Whirlpool Corp. (1-2), Underwriters Laboratories (1-2), Joyce Foundation (1-2), Columbia College Chicago (1-2), AARP (1-2)
Other Work History
Business Editor and reporter, Chicago Sun-Times. Magazine editor, Thomson/Reuters, Editor and writer, American Hospital Association.
Computer Skills
Word, Final Cut Express, Adobe InDesign, Contribute, PowerPoint, Keynote, Windows Vista, Windows 7, OSX, Various CMS
Technical Skills
Office Suite, Final Cut Express, PhotoShop
Digital SLR, Digital MP3 recorder
On request.
Quarterfinalist, Nicholl Fellowship, Motion Picture Academy [2002]
The Authors Guild, IABC, Association of Personal Historians, SABEW, Society of Midland Authors
Film production, Columbia College and Chicago Filmmakers; University of Chicago Graham School, medical editing; Basic improv and writers' sequence, The Second City.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Chicago, IL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Editorial Content  
(Southwest Spirit, 9/1/2012)
Rethinking finance strategies for green products could increase accessibility and lower costs.
(GreenBiz.com, 6/25/2012)
As it nears the end of its five-year Plan A sustainability initiative, Marks & Spencer released a poll showing that British consumers annually dump nearly $142 million of clothing worn a single time into landfills.
(Southwest Spirit, 5/1/2012)
A raging retail revolution is taking place on our smartphones. Does that mean we'll soon be giving up stores altogether?
(Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, 3/1/2012)
"A pitbull or a prince? Tough leaders suit these tough times. But nice guys will not finish last when the mean season ends."
(NextAvenue.org/PBS, 2/29/2012)
Inexpensive certificate programs let you brush up your skills or pick up new ones.
(National Law Journal, 6/13/2011)
Profile of Robert Stark, bankruptcy attorney with Brown Rudnick, and what it took to find money for an unsecured group of creditors in the Visteon bankruptcy.
(Journal of Financial Planning , 4/15/2011)
After the worst economic downturn in 70 years, financial planners return to the drawing board to understand the risk levels their clients are willing to take.
(Journal of Financial Planning, 6/1/2009)
Lisa interviewed financial planners about the particular tactics they were using to help desperate clients during The Great Recession.
(CME Group, 9/1/2008)
Lisa took a look at how investing philosophies can radically change in a troubled economy for the corporate magazine of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
"Telling Directors and Managers to Buddy Up"
(Corporate Board Member, 3/1/2008)
If you want better governance, give your board members better support. This 2008 story focuses on a California company and the unusual "buddy system" it created within its board to maximize working relationships and performance.
Resume/Lisa Holton  
Corporate Content  
(REAL Powered by Humana, 5/8/2011)
Lisa Holton is the Boomer Finance Blogger for REAL Powered by Humana, a site devoted to money, lifestyle, family and leisure time activities for readers age 46 and up. One of a growing number of corporate blogging assignments.
(Euro RSCG/Shop, 3/1/2007)
A look at retailing trends leading the world.
(Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 5/1/2011)
The PLUS program is a new mid-career leadership program co-developed by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Lisa Holton served as coordinating producer and interviewer on this Really Simple Video project with her partners at Burlingham
(AARP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 4/1/2011)
Lisa Holton was coordinating producer and writer for this six-video series on creating healthier workplaces for AARP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This Really Simple Video production is housed on the AARP.org site, reaching members of one of the world's largest organization for
(Kellogg Graduate School of Management/Northwestern University, 10/14/2008)
Lisa, as part of her work with Really Simple Video, is writer/producer on the "Kellogg Insight in Person" video podcast series for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. These interviews highlight Kellogg faculty and their research. RSV has produced podcasts, news stories and docume
("For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs, 8/1/2008)
This is a segment from WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight" program where Lisa discussed her book "For Members Only" -- a history of private business and social clubs in the city of Chicago.
Nonprofit Content  
(AARP/Financial Planning Association, 7/27/2011)
A 2011 update of AARP/FPA's brochure for financial professionals on the best ways to work with older clients -- a recognized industry resource for more than a decade.
(American Lung Association, 12/1/2006)
The American Lung Association, in partnership with Sanofi Pasteur, publishes an annual fact book with profiles emphasizing the need for proper immunization against the flu. Our assignment was to contribute a series profiles of celebrities and ordinary people whose lives were touched by the disease.
Corporate Blogs  
(Humana, 6/23/2011)
Lisa blogs several times a month on Humana's lifestyle website for Boomers.
University Publications  
(Notre Dame/Mendoza College of Business/EMBA Newsletter, 3/22/2012)
Latest in a monthly newsletter series for the Executive MBA program at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.
(DEMO/Columbia College Chicago, 7/1/2011)
Columbia College Chicago embarks on a $100 million fundraising campaign -- the first effort at a major endowment program in the school's 121-year history.
(Notre Dame Business , 6/1/2011)
You’ve just been named to a prestigious board only to discover that your CEO has gone rogue — what do you do? Lisa Holton’s latest “That’ll Teach You” feature in Notre Dame Business.
Personal Blog  
Lisa Holton's blog about her 24-hour life as a writer, editor, author and producer.
Biography/Lisa Holton  
Contact Info
  Lisa Holton
2327 Brown Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Tel: 847.869.7106  
E-Mail: Lisa@TheLisaCompany.com
Website: http://www.TheLisaCompany.com