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Liz Vanderwerff
Director of Philanthropy, Healthy Mind Innovations

Liz leads the philanthropy team in meeting the annual fundraising goals of the Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations. She enjoys meeting, learning from and building partnerships with supporters who have the same vision for a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world.  She also chairs the Culture Committee, an internal community of researchers and staff dedicated to cultivating a workplace that aligns with our core values. The common thread that holds her varying roles together is her strong interest in organizational culture improvement, increasing the potential of thriving teams and translating a strategic vision into an actionable road map.


MBA, Alverno College

B.S., Biology and Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

What does well-being mean to me?

"To me, well-being means balance and acceptance. To be able to devote resources (energy, thought, time, effort) to things that are meaningful and feed one's internal fire. When things get out of balance, giving oneself permission to re-evaluate and make changes, accepting that the only forces we can control are the ones within us including the good, bad and ugly."