2016 Most Influential Women Honoree: Lisa McIntire
Lisa McIntire credits the life she leads to the influence of leaders who recognized her potential, and she seeks to do the same for other people.
“I have a passion for serving the hurting and hopeless – often termed the underserved – in our community and have worked with various groups, including battered women, children of prisoners and the homeless, in different capacities,” says McIntire, CEO for Pregnancy Care Center. “I grew up poor and feeling invisible, but a few key people saw my potential and encouraged me to dream big.
“I want to be that positive force for others.”
McIntire is a certified public accountant who worked as a senior managing consultant in the health care industry at BKD LLP before joining the Pregnancy Care Center in March.
“I took great pride in helping build a team at BKD that proved you can achieve remarkable results and have fun doing it,” she says. “When each member works from a position of strength and belief that her unique role is critical to the overall success of the team, the sky is the limit.”
When the opportunity came to align her professional talents with personal passion at the Pregnancy Care Center, McIntire eagerly took it. She considers her new role the culmination of many years of leadership development. She is proud to lead the nonprofit organization that provides hope and help to young people facing unplanned pregnancy.
“Our community is only as strong as our weakest members, and we at PCC are working hard to help families thrive by offering free health, wellness and relationship services and education,” she says.
McIntire has served on the board for Harmony House and was a weekly volunteer for Embassy of Hope, which ministers to the homeless, and she continues her involvement as an ambassador. She also is the vice chairwoman for the Housing Authority of Springfield.
“I believe that everyone is hardwired with a deep desire to contribute something significant to the world,” McIntire says.
“I strive to honor each person’s individuality and help them develop as fully as they are willing and able to.”
Camille Lockhart worked with McIntire at BKD.
“She has a passion that is unmatched and is the result of her heart being so eager to help others,” says Lockhart, BKD senior living industry team partner. “At BKD, Lisa led a team of 20 professionals and had a significant positive impact on their careers. She has such an amazing influence on others, whether they are a professional peer, friend, stranger or homeless.
Lockhart says McIntire often served as the catalyst to create an atmosphere of helping and serving others and providing for those with less, asking for nothing in return. McIntire not only empowers people to be their best but also to give back or pay it forward.
McIntire believes it’s her role as a leader to help people recognize their strengths.
“I have learned that when people feel appreciated for who they are and are given the leeway to make choices and fulfill their responsibilities in their own ways, they come alive,” she says. “Work and life become less tedious, more enjoyable and more meaningful.”