Although the road to success may have taken a slight detour
following her graduation from Wittenberg, Lisa Griffin has proved
that the detour can indeed be the best part of the trip.
English major at Wittenberg, Griffin originally planned to pursue a career in
journalism, but her work with the Columbus City Council quickly altered her
As a member of the council, chair of its public service committee,
and its political and communications director, Griffin developed
a sincere interest in strengthening relationships between corporate,
government and non-profit organizations.
As her interest grew,
she found herself considering a business venture of her own.
The result is Griffin Communications LLC., a full-service
marketing communications firm.
Founded in 1992, the company,
which now employs 20 highly skilled professionals, also consistently
tackles issues of interest to the public and to Griffin such as school
levies, public transportation, affordable healthcare and urban
“Although ‘doing well by doing good’ has become a faded ideal
in some business circles, I am convinced that the economic vitality
depends on a balance of business growth and concern for every
member of the community through not-for-profit organizations,”
That attitude, combined with her business and community
accomplishments, recently caught the attention of the National
Association of Women Business Owners, which awarded her its
2003 Visionary Award.
Honored to receive the award, Griffin
credits Wittenberg for much of her success. “Articulating ideas clearly and concisely through written and
verbal communications is an integral component of my profession,”
“The liberal arts education I received and personal growth
experiences gained at Wittenberg definitely prepared me to become
an effective communicator and helped form the ideals on which
Griffin Communication is built.”