COBA to host non-profit founder as Distinguished Speaker

Posted September 29, 2015

Lisa Rose, founder and president of projectHandUp, is set to be the Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration’s fall 2015 Distinguished Speaker.

The Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon is scheduled for Oct. 29, at 11:45 a.m. in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center.

Rose is also founder and board president of The Gatehouse in Grapevine, Texas, a community designed for women in crisis and their children, which was created in partnership with projectHandUp. The $28 million, 61-acre community will house up to 96 families and includes a community/conference center, in-neighborhood counseling centers, Keeps Boutique, Hope Chapel, general store, walking trails and commercial space.

As well as founding multiple non-profits, Rose is a board member for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Performing Arts Fort Worth and United Way Homelessness Allocations Committee.

Rose is the recipient of the 2015 Golden Deeds Outstanding Citizen of the Year award.

After working in fast food marketing, Rose spent the last 20 years working in the non-profit industry, specifically focusing on women’s ministry. She received her degree in marketing from Texas Tech University.

General admission tickets for the luncheon are $20 and can be purchased at

COBA’s Distinguished Speaker Series serves to bring prominent business professionals to ACU to share keys to success while integrating their faith in their work.

Learn more about The Gatehouse here on the organization’s website and in this Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

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