Lisa Shannon, a small business owner and creative professional, has just returned from a 6 week solo trip to war ravaged eastern Congo. She became involved when she was home sick one day watching Oprah and learned of the crisis in Congo. She set out to raise sponsorships for Women for Women International’s Congo program through a lone thirty mile trail run. Since that first run in September 2005, with over $100,000 raised and counting, Run for Congo Women has grown into an international effort, now with run organizers in places from Louisiana to Australia, Maui to Singapore. Lisa’s message of hope for Congo has reach millions through the audiences of National Public Radio affiliates, O- The Oprah Magazine, Runner’s World, and Fitness Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Environment and Development from Hampshire College.