Lois L. Lindauer

Chief Executive Officer

Lois L. Lindauer

Lois L. Lindauer is the Founder and CEO of LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS), a retained executive search firm focused solely on securing senior level nonprofit executives and development professionals. LLLS is the leader in this space, placing more development positions than any other agency.

Innovative and entrepreneurial, Lois has coupled her lifelong dedication to empowering women with superior operational skills that have enabled her to establish and be successful in several business and nonprofit ventures. As President and CEO of Diet Workshop, founded in 1965, Lois became the first woman in the United States to use the franchise system of distribution to grow her business.

In response to a recruiting emphasis on diversity in 2000, Lois founded “Sisters in Development” with the dual purpose of attracting women of color to the development profession and to provide a network for those already working as fundraisers. Her commitment to women comprises her contribution to nonprofit boards, including The Commonwealth Institute, an organization that assists female leaders to grow their businesses; Women in Development, a nonprofit professional association whose mission is to promote and support the advancement of women in the development profession, and the Nonprofit Board Resource Program, which Lois founded and which to date has placed over 200 women on nonprofit boards. Lois is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, and served as President of The Boston Club, Boston’s most prestigious organization of the highest level senior executive and professional women.

Lois created LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES in response to a need for development professionals in nonprofit organizations. Since its establishment in 1997, Lois, along with her team of Search Directors recruited from the development profession, serve a platinum list of multi-sector Clients: the Archdiocese of New York, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, University of Chicago, Harvard Law School, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Rochester, and Princeton University, among many others.

Lois’ dedication to the development profession is exemplified by the creation and implementation of LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES CDO University®, a multi-media education program that focuses on the role of the Chief Development Officer in organizations and institutions. Targeted to both standing and aspiring CDOs, CDO University® offers interviews with the nation’s top development and advancement leaders as well as dinner seminars featuring a guest CDO as speaker. Attendees universally laud the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns with peers. Also particular to LLLS is the publication of the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Recent Developments, featuring topics of interest to development/advancement professionals.

To help ensure the future of the fundraising profession, and thereby open professional opportunities for many more young people in the future, in the spring of 2015 Lois founded “Philanthropy 2030,” a national initiative to raise awareness of careers in philanthropy. She established a national advisory board comprised of nonprofit leaders from higher education, healthcare, mission-driven nonprofits and the arts who would be committed to ensuring that future generations understood the rewards, opportunities, diversity and impact of this exciting career path. Philanthropy 2030 is already creating impact among the world’s leading nonprofits.

Lois’ devotion to service transcends her formal professional and personal connections to extending a helping hand to those who call her for business advice, career counseling and introductions. An author and public speaker, Lois has written five books and numerous articles on diet and health and is a frequent speaker on executive search, recruitment and interviewing techniques at professional conferences. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Lois resides in Boston, MA.

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