Lisa Peyton-Caire is the award-winning Founder, CEO & President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness (FFBWW), a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization committed to Empowering A Generation of Well Black Women. Lisa's work as a passionate advocate for women’s health was spurred by Mother’s untimely death at age 64 from heart disease in 2006, after which Lisa established Black Women’s Wellness Day, an annual summit now in its 15th year that empowers women and girls to sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives.
The Foundation, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022, is an outgrowth and progression of this work which has mobilized a movement in Wisconsin and across the United States to intentionally address and improve Black women’s health. In January 2020, Lisa and team opened Dane County’s first Black Women’s Wellness Center after a successful crowdfunding effort that garnered Lisa national recognition as a GoFundMe Hero making significant local impact. Each year, the Foundation reaches and serves over 7,000 women and their families through a broad array of programs, services and advocacy work, and has grown to have national reach through its many strategic partnerships and its growing network of Wellness Ambassadors now representing 15 states across the United States.
An experienced and respected leader, strategist, and educator, Lisa has led impactful work over the past 27 years spanning the PreK – 16 education, non-profit, women’s health, and financial service sectors. She is actively engaged in a number of local and national efforts to promote thriving, sustainable communities, and serves on the board of the United Way of Dane County, and previously on the boards of Unity Point-Meriter Health, the Center for Resilient Cities, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute Advisory Board, Sustain Dane, and A Fund for Women.
Among her many lasting contributions to community is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly successful DoIT Information Technology Academy (ITA), a pre-college technology training & college access program she conceived, designed and launched with colleagues in 1999 and now in its 24th year. A Mother of five, Lisa holds a Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a proud former Hampton University student where she completed her first three years of undergraduate studies.