Lisa McKenzie is the Founder and Executive Producer of You Night Empowering Events, a program whose mission is to help women embrace life beyond cancer. Lisa's passion for exploring opportunities to empower women is what drives her daily ambitions. Seeing how hard women can be on themselves, Lisa recognized the positive role she can play in the community, drawing from powerful tools she used to climb out of a dark place. Lisa founded You Night in 2013 to bring together caring members of the community to love on and empower women, and show them they possess everything they need to be strong and powerful. That is achieved through faith, a positive outlook and the social support of the You Night sisterhood. To date – because of sponsorship support and donations to You Night’s non-profit (the We Lift You Up fund) -- You Night has gifted 300 local women with the You Night experience, resulting in a very active sisterhood of survivors in our community. There are many aspects to the You Night programs that extend to not only the participants, but to the family members, as well. One of the programs Lisa created is ScART (which stands for Scar Art). ScART gives participants the opportunity to paint their surgery scars on canvas, allowing them to see their scars from a new perspective. Lisa is hoping that someday, her programs will be available nationwide and that her program will be synonymous with mental and emotional healing after a cancer diagnosis. In 2013, Lisa was a finalist in the “BIG IDEA” – for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. That same year she was a finalist in the Urban League’s “Women in Business Challenge” and a $10,000 grant winner for the Salesforce Challenge. In 2017, Lisa was awarded the InnovateHer Challenge winner for the state of Louisiana; You Night was named “Most Glamourous Event” by St. Charles Avenue Magazine, was named “Best Charity Event” by the Edge of the Lake Magazine reader poll, and was featured in a national Capital One commercial viewed by millions. Lisa is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and many of the programs she implements in the You Night curriculum draw on the positive sisterhood and leadership aspects learned from being a Delta Gamma. Lisa is a graduate of San Diego State University where she majored in Political Science and Journalism. Lisa currently lives in Covington, Louisiana and is the mother of two children (Ryan age 22 and Halle age 17).
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