Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist Announced as Activist Speaker


For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.

From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.


Author and Writer

The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired Lynne to write her best-selling, award-winning book "The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life" (W.W. Norton, 2003). The book has been translated into eight languages including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, German, Japanese, Bulgarian and Portuguese. In addition, Lynne has contributed chapters to more than ten books including:

"Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Live Them" Katherine Martin (New World Library, 1999)              

"Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals" Darian Rodriguez Heyman (Jossey-Bass 2011)

"Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination, and Excellence in the Workplace" Dawson Church, Ph.D. (Elite Books, 2007)

"Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution" Barbara Marx Hubbard (Shift Books, 2012)

Ms. Twist has written numerous articles for RSF Quarterly, Fetzer Institute, Noetic Sciences Quarterly, YES! Magazine and Balance, to name a few.


Consultant and Coach

Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and having a healthy relationship with money.

Among others, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, Network of Grateful Living and The Nobel Women’s Initiative — an initiative of seven living Nobel Women Peace Laureates who work together to end violence against women and girls. 

Her clients cover a wide variety of profit, nonprofit and educational institutions including: Nobel Women’s Initiative, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Charles Schwab, United Way, The Red Cross, Amnesty International, Sierra Club, Women Presidents’ Organization, Young Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Stanford Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard University.


Keynote Speaker

A sought-after speaker, Lynne travels the world giving keynote presentations and workshops for conferences including: United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, Nobel Women’s Conference on Sexual Violence, State of the World Forum Conference, Alliance for a New Humanity Conference with Deepak Chopra, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Governor’s Conference on California Women, among others.

In addition, she has co-presented and shared the stage with some of today’s most influential thought leaders including: Angeles Arrien, Marianne Williamson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, F.W. de Klerk, Stephen Covey, Riane Eisler, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jane Goodall, Jean Houston, Roshi Joan Halifax and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  


Global Citizen

A teacher by training, Lynne’s desire to contribute to others moved beyond the classroom and onto the world stage when she became the chief fundraising officer for The Hunger Project, raising over 200 million dollars in the course of her tenure.

In 1996, Lynne and her husband, Bill, co-founded The Pachamama Alliance — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Lynne’s work as a global citizen encompasses membership in a prestigious group of nonprofit boards including the Fetzer Institute and The Institute of Noetic Sciences and Bioneers. 

Lynne also serves as an advisory board member for the California Institute of Integral Studies, Global Youth Action Network and The International Museum of Women, The Center For Partnership Studies, among others. She is a member in good standing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Social Venture Network and The National Society of Fundraising Executives.

As a result of her work as a global citizen, Lynne has been featured in over 10 films including: "The Shift" (Michael Goorjian, 2010), "Crude Impact" (James Jandak Wood, 2006),  "Women of Wisdom and Power" (Lili Fournier, 2000) and “Money & Life (Katie Teague).

In addition, she has been interviewed by dozens of media including The Huffington Post, "Mehmet Oz Radio," Oprah and Friends Radio, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and PBS.



As a result of her work around the world, Ms. Twist earned an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Centenary College and has won numerous awards including the United Nations Woman of Distinction award, honoring her work to end world hunger; the Purpose Prize Fellow; Humanitarian of the Year Award from Youth at Risk; Humanitarian of the Year Award from the City of Fairfield, Iowa; Heroes of the 21st Century award from the Social Venture Network; Entrepreneurs’ Award from Katalysis Partnership; The Rainforest Champion Award from the Rainforest Actions Network; the Nautilus Book Award; the New Dimension Broadcaster Award and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Award for Breakthrough Visionary Leadership.

Lynne and her husband, Bill, live in San Francisco, California, and take delight in their three adult children and five grandchildren.


Read Elders Climate Action's Press Release about Lynne Twist Speaking at Grandparents Climate Action Day