Featured Members of the Month
Our Featured Member of the Month is Lisa Weier, Director of FT Cares.
FT Cares is a branch of First Trust Portfolios in which Lisa Weier is the director. Although Lisa began her career as a lawyer working for First Trust, a role for her was specifically created to head this part of the company so that 100% of her time can focus on the giving side of employees. The purpose of the FT Cares Foundation is to channel the givings of First Trust employees to vetted charities and companies that take care of local, national, and global matters.
A bit about the background of the company: FT Cares is employee funded, and the employees who commit to office positions and committees are invested in a secondary job working for FT Cares. There are roughly 800 employees that work for First Trust Portfolios and roughly 350 are here at home in the Wheaton office.
Lisa has the responsibility to network and create opportunities for giving so they tangibly reach communities, making sure their money is going to people and places that directly benefit from their givings. This philanthropic character within her company is something she believes strongly in and is using to instill in her two sons, ages 12 and 15. Lisa is the key component in building relationships with business partners that are based on trust and knowledge in knowing how money is directly distributed to the places and people in need.
As their focus is local, national, and global, responsibility is great, and their hearts are full of compassion for the world in which we live. As First Trust humbly earns one of the greatest reputations globally for being the creators of products investment companies depend on, it is evident their concern is about giving back to a world that allows them to flourish!