Lizabeth “Beth” Ardisana
George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism
Nominated by FOCUS: Hope
Lizabeth “Beth” Ardisana, chief executive ofﬁcer and principal owner of technical and communication services ﬁrm ASG Renaissance, has committed a truly exceptional amount of time and service to nonproﬁt organizations across the country, and particularly in metro Detroit. Beth has been actively engaged in supporting countless organizations, often as a board member or fundraising campaign chair.
Beth has been a member of Focus: HOPE’s Board of Directors since 2002. As former Vice Chair and current Development Committee chair, she has raised tens of millions of dollars to support the organization’s early learning, workforce development, and food for seniors programming. Having dedicated herself to ensuring Focus: HOPE has philanthropic support, Beth played an instrumental role in its return to its core mission and programming, driving home the importance of workforce development and the need for a long-term strategic plan.
Beth has volunteered with United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) for decades and has served as a mentor to many in her numerous leadership roles, including Finance Committee Chair, Board Vice Chair, and Board Chair. During her time as Board Chair, Beth was instrumental in several activities, including identifying and recruiting a new CEO and establishing a new brand framework for the organization. Beth is currently fulﬁlling her two-year commitment as chair of Women United, an afﬁnity group dedicated to supporting UWSEM’s early childhood work.
Beth has also supported the C.S. Mott Foundation, New Economy Initiative, Kettering University, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, Michigan Colleges Foundation, Oakwood Healthcare, University of Michigan Alumni Association, Wayne State University Physicians Group, GreenLight Fund, Children’s Foundation, and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Beth is also a trustee of the Council of Michigan Foundations and Grand Canyon Conservancy
Beth’s exemplary record of service to so many organizations makes her an exceptionally qualiﬁed nominee for the George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism. Her personal commitment and ability to bring together local leaders in support of important causes is truly inspiring to Focus: HOPE, UWSEM, and so many other organizations. She deserves much more recognition than any award can convey, but they hope this award will be one way to demonstrate their gratitude for her years of dedicated support.