Linguist, equestrienne, actress, and singer, Lisa Radcliffe was known as a Renaissance woman while a student at Emma Willard. Outside of classes, she loved all things theater related and committed her summers to theater camp.
Her relationship with Emma Willard has been an energetic and heartfelt performance. Always seeking to include others around her and to expand the dialogue for the causes she feels passionately about, Lisa’s love for Emma Willard is a steady reprise.
Chair The Emma Fund? Check. Serve with distinction on just about every Board committee while a trustee? Check. Offer your wisdom as a panelist at the Bicentennial? Check. Host gatherings and give back in generous ways, with your time and talent? Check, check.
Lisa is founder and CEO of PunkinFutz, an award-winning therapeutic play product and accessories company that manufactures in the United States using a fully adaptive workforce. She is active in organizations supporting disability rights and women entrepreneurs, dancing to a steady and infectious drumbeat of equity and inclusion. Prior to founding PunkinFutz, Lisa held CTO and CIO positions in both public and private sector organizations for 20 years.
Throughout her life and work, Lisa has surrounded herself with a merry band of players. As the head monk declares to the Lord and Lady of the Manor in Revels, “Your house has ever been a happy chance for travelers.” Lisa’s happy home in Brooklyn has welcomed many an Emma Willard traveler, including international students who have become part of her family.
Lisa is the consummate ambassador for her alma mater; recruiting new families, encouraging and connecting alumnae in NYC, supporting the career growth and connections of other alums. She is always available to lend a helping hand, including one special moment when an alumna and neighbor needed help and a quick technology fix on her computer...Lisa and her husband, David, were there in a heartbeat!
We thank Lisa for her energy, her willingness to volunteer on behalf of Emma, her prodigious gifts of time and talent to both the Board of Trustees and the advancement office, and the great cheer she brings to all of this. We are so lucky to have Lisa on Team Emma!
For her generous, intelligent, and joyous labor on behalf of her beloved alma mater, a grateful Emma Willard community proudly bestows upon Lisa Radcliffe ’82 the 2022 Service to Emma Willard Award.