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Lisa Gable | CEO | FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Lisa Gable: Fighting Allergies with an Entrepreneurial Spirit.

The single most important trait possessed by any successful entrepreneurial woman is to mentor and help build a professional path for your staff with an eye towards credentialing young women and minorities. The strength of your support system and network goes a long way to helping to reach goals. Leave a deliverable at every step you take. The things you build, speak about your impact on the world around you. Be ambitious and confident while proactively helping others succeed.

You must show up, be present and personally committed to the organization and team’s success, and finally, never ever settle. Leading FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) with the above-mentioned ideals is Lisa Gable, the CEO of the organization. Let us read how she is making a difference in the food allergy community through FARE:

Kindly brief us about Lisa Gable’s professional journey since the beginning of her career.

Lisa Gable has served four U.S. presidents and two governors, counseled Fortune 500 CEOs, and represented global public-private partnerships and nonprofits with an end goal of moving organizations to higher levels of performance. Bi partisan in nature, she has brought together political parties, corporate competitors, and disparate nations to foster quality leadership, diplomacy and results that better society and create sustainable partnerships and profitable business models. Called by The Wall Street Journal ‘committed to the facilitation of success.’ Her business career spans work at Intel Corporation and serving as the SVP of Public Policy for PepsiCo. She was appointed the first female U.S. Commissioner General to the 2005 Aichi World EXPO and held the rank of ambassador.

Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2007, a Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission from 2002 to 2004, Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services from 1994 to 1995 directly advising the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, the White House 1987 – 1989. Her gubernatorial appointments include the Governor’s Economic Development & Job Creation Commission for Virginia in 2010 and board member of the California State Summer School of the Arts from 1997 to 2002.

How would Lisa describe herself in one sentence?

Lisa is a tenacious, strategic, and empowered female leader with 30 years of applying manufacturing discipline with a dash of diplomacy to solve complex problems and turnaround struggling organizations in government, philanthropy, and business.

What is Lisa’s source of motivation and inspiration that drove her to spearhead FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)?

As President of a CEO-led effort, Lisa drove the largest self-regulatory effort in the food and beverage industry which reduced 6.4 trillion calories in the marketplace. This commitment was an integral part of the launch of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

Lisa’s ability to bring industry to the table with government attracted the FARE board to Lisa as engagement with pharma, CPG and agriculture was needed to help solve the problem of food allergy. For Lisa, the decision to join FARE met her personal need to take a role which touched her heart and used her collective experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Kindly brief us about the challenges faced by Lisa while leading the fight against food allergies.

When Lisa was hired, FARE was struggling financially and not funding baseline operations with annual revenue. Going through a rigorous quantitative process evaluating the assets to discard and investing in programs and activities to support the five-year strategic plan, she put the Voice of the Patient at the center of every decision by listening to patients and families articulate the impact of the disease on their daily lives.

In the first 18 months of her tenure, FARE secured $84 million in commitments and restructured by 83 percent. Lisa has increased revenue by 62 percent while keeping expenses relatively flat. FARE has achieved reductions in management and overhead by 30 percent and reduced fundraising expenses by 10 percent — resulting in a profit increase of a resounding 676 percent, and the launch of several groundbreaking programs.

Brief us about the current scenario of the healthcare space with accordance to FARE’s approach towards safeguarding the lives of individuals with food allergies.

Raising awareness is a key step in safeguarding those living with food allergies; however, FARE and Lisa recognized that the organization was not fully representing the Voice of Black, Latino, and Indigenous patients. FARE launched a multi-sectoral effort focused on diversification of leadership, advocates and personal support systems within communities and health care facilities.

During the pandemic, FARE also broadened engagement by bringing online consumer TM platforms including the Living Teal Channel, Baby’s First and a Learning Support System with a focus on health and wellness key influencers and cultural icons to align messaging with medical and public health professionals.

What are Lisa’s thoughts on the current standing of food allergy research and development programs? What are the new technological advancements being employed?

At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever treatment for peanut allergy and there is so much more on the horizon. For example:

FARE is launching the Start Eating Early Diet (SEED) study in partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Massachusetts General Hospital, and University of Chicago Medicine. SEED is grounded in the success of the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study that was funded in part by FARE and published in 2015. LEAP found that for infants whose eczema and/or egg allergy put them at elevated risk for peanut allergy, introducing peanut foods early and often reduced their likelihood of developing peanut allergy by more than 80 percent. The SEED study will explore the benefits of early introduction to multiple allergenic foods (specifically peanut, egg, dairy, cashew, soy, almond and sesame) in a more diverse sample of infants with the goal of preventing food allergies in the future.

There are also advancements in research looking at the gutbrain connection. FARE recently awarded a three-year $15 million grant to the Food Allergy Science Initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to study developments which aim to liberate those who suffer from severe food allergies, those scientific advancements could be lifechanging results for many individuals.

What would Lisa advice to the new-age businesswomen who are stepping into a leadership role in their respective organizations?

Lisa recommends finding and cultivating relationships with other women in your industry or having a trusted mentor you can rely on for professional and personal advice and support. She knows firsthand how valuable it is to have a champion in your corner and considers it one of the most valuable resources one can have in their professional career.

What creative approach does Lisa apply at FARE inorder to make the working environment vibrant?

Lisa is grateful to be surrounded by the best in the industry at FARE, each team member bringing experience, talent, and knowledge to help the 32 million Americans living with potentially life-threatening food allergies. Lisa values the sense of open communication and community that has been cultivated by everyone in the FARE family especially all that has been accomplished since she took the helm in 2018.

What is Lisa looking forward to in the future, personally and professionally?

Personally, Lisa continues to chart her path forward when it comes to opportunities for her to be a leader who inspires and motivates young professionals – both within FARE and outside the organization.

Professionally, Lisa is particularly excited about the research programs underway at FARE and with partners in industry. She is energized by cross-industry and organization collaboration and looks forward to further cultivating relationships for FARE and with new corporate, industry and government partners.

What is Lisa’s opinion on the status-quo of your industry with respect to the Covid-19 situation and the dynamics of your business environment? What effective steps has she taken to aid the employees of FARE while catering to the needs of the food allergy community?

The health and safety of everyone at FARE is of the greatest importance to Lisa and the entire leadership team at FARE. As a result of the ongoing pandemic, FARE employees continue to work remotely and will well into 2021, all events are being held virtually, and Lisa continues to keep the health and wellness and safety of her entire team top of mind.

In addition, Lisa is incredibly passionate about mentorship and has prioritized individual development across the organization, conducting one-to-one touch bases with employees on a regular basis and launching a virtual arts and craft show for the children of employees who are considered virtual team members.