3 Questions With ... Lisa Loury Lomas, Ph.D in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/16
WGC's 2022 "Our Giving, Our Stories" Series in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August! The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
One way WGC is doing this is through WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" daily profile Series each August. Each day this month we are sharing daily profiles of incredible women in our community who are giving in so many ways - in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Today, we elevate the voice and story of philanthropist, Lisa Loury Lomas, Ph.D:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I have always felt the desire, an innate calling, to help others. I am enriched and fulfilled by sharing my talent and skills with others. The sense of pride and joy I feel when I see someone I have helped advance and grow is wonderful and is a gift not only for them but especially for me. I want to leave this world better than I found it, and by my gifts of time and talent, I try to do just that. Yes, financial resources are important, and I make financial donations. But it is critically important that communities of all hues see hands-on leaders like me devote themselves to making donations through an investment of time and service!
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I started giving to issues that were important to me individually in High School. I could see that not everyone was as fortunate as I was. Not everyone has the same opportunities in life. I have always been drawn to helping people in need. That is a critical aspect of what appealed to me about my profession of becoming a clinical psychologist. I grew up volunteering with my grandmother and giving in Church. As I became a young adult and my personal agency increased with regards to the issues I could select to which I would donate, I started giving blood – as it is a life source.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
We are all part of an interconnected system. Everyone has something that is of value that they can share or teach someone. I have a front row seat at witnessing this dynamic as I am a professional clinician and have spent over three decades counseling people from all walks of life. Independent of socioeconomic strata, everyone can share a life lesson, lend an important listening ear, or provide sage advice from a novel perspective. In this way, everyone has something to give. But be mindful that you should not give so much away that you neglect yourself. It is important to have a balance. Always put your own mask on first. To be the best caretaker for others, remember to nourish and protect your own spirit and body first.
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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