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It’s Never Too Late to Save the World One Action at a Time

“Leading from the Heart”

Listen to Lisa’s amazing story of passion and learn: 

  1. The devastating and hidden impacts of plastic waste on our planet, our taxes, and our health
  2. How dedicating yourself to just one thing can change your life
  3. How following your heart and listening to your moral center can take you farther than you ever thought you could go

Read a full transcript of Lisa Foster’s talk: 


Lisa D. Foster

Lisa D. Foster, Ph. D., ACC is a business coach whose mission is to help managers become better leaders by using emotional intelligence to create the conditions for high performance. In 2005, she founded 1 Bag at a Time, Inc., a first-to-market reusable grocery bag company. A former high-school English teacher, she became a pioneer in the fight against single-use plastic and a top supplier of reusable bags in the US. She sold her business in 2017. As a coach, she shares her expertise in leadership and emotional intelligence with her clients and inspires others to make a difference in their communities and organizations. In addition to coaching, Lisa speaks, leads workshops, and writes about emotional intelligence, leadership, and storytelling.

“As I look back, I think the most courageous action I took was simply letting go of what others thought about me. I let myself dream and be inspired by a vision that, at first, only I could imagine. Certainly, it scared me a little bit, but I have learned that is what a good dream should do. If it started as a spark, I nurtured the flame until I felt a burning passion and moral imperative to make the world better. For the next ten years, I fed that fire until my passion carried me far beyond where anyone would have thought.” – Lisa D Foster

Lisa Foster grew up in Denver and went to Graland, along with her sister, Carla Bartell. She is the published author of Bag Lady: How I Started a Business for a Greener World and Changed the Way Americans Shop. She really did change the way most of us shop; if you use reusable bags at the grocery store, you can thank Lisa. She fought to reduce our dependence on single-use plastic bags and to bring 99-cent reusable bags to grocery stores across the US. Her story exemplifies the transformative power of being purpose driven and leading from the heart—her moral center.

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Title Sub-Title Author Content
Announcing Bag Lady
Information about Lisa's upcoming book, Bag Lady: How I Started a Business for a Greener World and Changed the Way America Shops
Lisa D. Foster
Emotional Intelligence
A lecture given by Lisa D. Foster concerning emotional intelligence and leadership
Plastic "Recycling"
An article describing what really happens to the plastic we think we recycle.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Lisa D Foster Podcast Feature
Lisa D. Foster: Believing in Yourself, the Bag Lady Story, and Changing Expectations to Change the World
Remarkable People Podcast
Timely Topics Committee and Contributors: Terry Rubin, Janis Pluss, and Jane Gwin