Lisa Peyton-Caire is the Founder and President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin based 501c(3) non-profit organization launched in 2012 and committed to eliminating health disparities and other barriers impacting the lives of African American women and girls. Her work as a passionate health advocate was spurred by her Mother’s untimely death from heart disease in 2006 after which she established Black Women’s Wellness Day, an annual health summit now in its tenth year that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives. She is actively engaged in a number of local efforts to promote healthy, thriving, sustainable communities, and serves on the board of Unity Point – Meriter Health and the Center for Resilient Cities, and previously on the boards of 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 designed and launched by Ms. Peyton-Caire in 2009 and now in its 19th year. Ms. Peyton-Caire has been widely celebrated for her passionate work around women’s health, health equity, and community stewardship. In 2016, she was named among the 44 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365 Magazine. In March 2015, she was awarded the Woman of Character Award from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health in recognition of her passionate efforts to raise the community’s consciousness on the issue of health disparities impacting Black women and to mobilize women across Dane County in a wellness movement. She is the 2014 recipient of the Public Health Madison & Dane County Leadership Award, a 2014 Distinguished Community Service Award recipient by the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links, Inc. In 2013, she was nominated an “Everyday Health Hero” by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and was awarded the Today Not Tomorrow, Inc. Water Bearer Award for Leadership & Community Service. Additionally, she is a 2008 UW Alumni Association Forward Under Forty Award honoree for her service and impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea. Lisa holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She resides in Madison with her husband and their five children.