lisa's story




Lisa Mayer is a New York City-based social-entrepreneur, philanthropist, and women's advocate on a mission to help the next generation of women and girls design the life and career they love. Lisa is the Founder and CEO of My Social Canvas and the Founder of the non-profit, Design the Life You Love, both are based in Manhattan. Lisa lives in Brooklyn with her husband Anthony, an Emmy-award winning video director, and Founder of Basic Nature, a director-driven production, design and animation studio in New York City. 

Although Lisa is a business woman and entrepreneur at heart, her true passion is service to others. She believes that if you build your career around generosity, there will never be too much success to go around. One specific turning point for Lisa was the moment she had just $7 in her bank account. Living in NYC at the time, she was on the way to an important meeting and didn’t have enough in her bank account to buy herself a weekly metro card. Instead of giving up on her dream of building My Social Canvas, she took a screen shot of her bank statement showing $7 and hoped it would just become a part of her entrepreneurial journey and story someday. For that reason, Lisa hopes to celebrate and remind women to persevere. It’s never time to quit, even with $7 in the bank. No matter what you’re facing, whatever your “$7 moment” is — just know that you’re not alone and you will find a way to design the life and career you truly love.