More About the Author
Lisa Holton heads The Lisa Company, the Evanston, IL-based writing, editing and research firm she founded in 1998. She is a former Business Editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and a busy writer, blogger, producer and project manager at publications, corporations and institutions nationwide.
Lisa has more than 25 years of experience writing about business, workplace and personal finance topics. She has authored, edited or co-written 15 books as an author or as a ghostwriter. Lisa's most recent titles include "Business Valuation for Dummies" and "For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs."
At the Sun-Times, Lisa was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a business section generalist covering a variety of beats, including personal finance, retailing and entrepreneurship. After wrapping up her newspaper career, Lisa joined SourceMedia to launch a marketing magazine for the credit and debit card industries. Now in her 14th year as a full-time freelance writer, ghostwriter and producer, Lisa works as a soloist and with talented partners to create a variety of print, digital and video content for institutions large and small. Here are some of her clients.
In 2009, Lisa and her partners created Really Simple Video, a joint venture producing podcasts, mini-documentaries and other serial video and audio content for the web.
Lisa's most recent articles have appeared in Southwest Spirit, The Recorder and the National Law Journal. She has also written for Corporate Board Member, the American Bar Association Journal, Parents, American Demographics, Latina, Working Mother, the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. She has developed digital newsletter and video content for organizations including AARP, the American Hospital Association and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her university work includes magazines, books, video and other digital content for institutions including the Kellogg School of Management, The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Robert Morris University Illinois, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago.
Lisa is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a former national board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). She is a current member of the Authors Guild, IABC, ASJA, SPJ, the Society of American Archivists, the Association of Personal Historians and the Society of Midland Authors.
In her spare time, Lisa writes screenplays and short stories and is addicted to movies and theater. Her feature screenplay "The Plant" was a quarterfinalist for the 2002 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting offered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has attended the film program at Chicago's Columbia College and completed film production courses at Chicago Filmmakers Workshop.
A native of Moline, IL, Lisa grew up in downstate Illinois and Louisville, KY, but considers the Windy City her home.