About Liisa Budge-Johnson

Liisa Budge-Johnson
Liisa’s path to public speaking was not a traditional one. Liisa was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and spent eighteen years managing her family’s trophy and award business.

Following the closure of the store, Liisa was hired by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. Liisa’s work as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Department introduced her to her talent for public speaking, as the Informational Speaker Series she implemented educated thousands of Plymouth County residents in service clubs, neighborhood associations, and community groups in topics such as Identity Theft and Scams, Charitable Giving and the History of the Plymouth County Jails.

Liisa then took her talents to the charitable world, becoming an Ele-Ambassador for the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. As such, Liisa spends countless hours teaching the general public about the work of The Sanctuary and the plight of captive elephants.

In 2009, Liisa was diagnosed for the first time with breast cancer. Having been the fourth person on her women’s soccer team to be diagnosed with the disease, she co-founded, with a friend, Score for a Cure, Inc., a non-profit charity that helps women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in eastern Massachusetts through an annual fundraising women’s soccer tournament.
Liisa has spent thousands of hours volunteering with several organizations including:
– Score for a Cure – Co-Founder and Co-Director
– Kiwanis Club of Plymouth, MA – Past President
– Altrusa International of Plymouth County – Vice President
– July 4 Plymouth, Inc. – Parade Coordinator
– The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee – EleAmbassador
– Plymouth Networking Group – Co-President

A recurrence of her breast cancer diagnosis in 2014 caused Liisa to re-examine her life, and open up new doors for her public speaking. Liisa’s keynotes teach audiences how to put a positive spin on some of life’s toughest challenges, including living with a terminal illness. Her ultimate goal is to share the importance of “making lemonade out of lemons” to each and every group she speaks to, giving listeners the tools to make the most of their lives.

In 2015, Liisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, graduating Summa Cume Laude from Curry College. While enrolled, Liisa was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society and was chosen to represent non-traditional students as the speaker at commencement.

Through the years, Liisa has won many awards for her professional and volunteer work:
– 2010 Massachusetts Special Olympics Volunteer Appreciation Award
– 2011 Massachusetts Correctional Employee of the Year
– 2012 Massachusetts Educational Foundation Scholarship Award
– 2012 Rotary International District 7950 Community Volunteer Award
– 2013 Plymouth Women’s Club Woman of the Year nominee
– 2014 Altrusa International District One Governor’s Award

Liisa’s speaking style entertains and informs, keeping her audiences thoroughly engaged. Her enthusiasm for her speaking topics will make you want to have her back to speak more than once!