Pillars Community Engagement Director receives scholarship for nonprofit leaders at St. Norbert College

Lisa Strandberg of Neenah, Wis. was selected as the most recent recipient of the Phil Hauck Scholarship at St. Norbert College. The scholarship covers half the cost of books, fees and tuition for an individual pursuing an MBA through the Schneider School, or half the cost of books, fees and materials for participation in the core program of the Center for Exceptional Leadership (CEL).   

Strandberg is pursuing her MBA at St. Norbert. She is the community engagement director at Pillars in Appleton, Wis., a nonprofit that provides shelter, support and solutions to address the housing needs that destabilize children and families.  

She joined Pillars in June 2020 as the community engagement director. She previously worked in the nonprofit sector most recently leading InterSector from 2018 to 2020. InterSector is a northeast Wisconsin nonprofit capacity-building initiative supported by the J. J. Keller Foundation. Prior to that, Strandberg served as Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley’s development and communications director from 2011 to 2018.

Her professional background also includes spending about a decade as a freelance writer and editor, four years as a group fitness instructor and five years working in R&D at Kimberly-Clark Corp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering — proof that fundraising professionals come from varied backgrounds!

A longtime champion of the local economy, Phil Hauck continues to be a strong supporter of nonprofit agencies in the region. The Phil Hauck Scholarship for Nonprofit Leaders was established at St. Norbert College in recognition of Hauck’s efforts.

Hauck has served for decades as a champion of the local economy, a mentor to business leaders and an advisor to organizations throughout the region. As a longtime TEC/Vistage chair, he has guided dozens of CEOs in northeast Wisconsin in their pursuit of personal and organizational improvement and growth.

He also co-founded the St. Norbert College CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series, the linchpin of the college’s outreach to the business community.

Applicants must be employed by a nonprofit, and, if applying for the CEL, must also be in a leadership role.