Fellow Feature!: Elizabeth Pishny

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At Notley, we love celebrating our Fellows and all the amazing work they do. Recently, we got the chance to catch up with Elizabeth Pishny, Notley Fellow and former Consumer Packaged Goods Sales Lead at Facebook in Austin. In just a few short days, she’s starting her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard’s prestigious Kennedy School. An inaugural Notley Fellow, she is excited to further her education in an area she loves, business as a force for positive impact.

Giving back to local communities has always been a focus of Elizabeth’s. While at Facebook, she started their first ever Week of Giving, serving 35 organizations through 18,000 volunteer hours, and garnering $20,000 in monetary support in the program’s first year.  She later scaled this model to offices around the globe, including London and Chicago. From creating a framework for Facebook to engage with local nonprofits, small businesses, and charter schools to hosting organizations such as KIPP and Hello World Studio, Elizabeth helped Facebook to tangibly bring their mission to life; building community and bringing the world closer together.

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Elizabeth’s passion lies at the intersection of the private sector and philanthropy.  She chose the Mid-Career MPA program at HKS, as it allows her to take classes both at Harvard Business School (HBS) and HKS; a perfect blend for her business background and emphasis on corporate responsibility.  She’s particularly looking forward to Shawn Cole & Vikram Gandhi’s class, Investing - Risk, Return, and Impact at HBS which focuses on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), and Negotiation and Diplomacy, jointly taught by professors from HKS, HBS, and Harvard Law School.

Elizabeth grew up with the motto ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’ and she’s humbled and proud of the impact her work has made. When she graduates next May, Elizabeth hopes to join either a late-stage startup where she can develop and lead their corporate giving program, or join a company whose executives want to develop a comprehensive approach to global stewardship and engagement.