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Lori Pappas
Lori Pappas

Lori Pappas

Global Team for Local Initiatives, Ethiopian Aid Organization

Bainbridge Island, WA USA

"All I have to do is redefine success."

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Lori's work combines: Medicine, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I use my entrepreneurial skills to create development programs that help indigenous communities in Africa.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says when she was growing up, women were expected to be teachers, secretaries, or stay-at-home moms and housewives.

  • 2.

    She always preferred to do office work, so she worked in a series of companies doing computerizing.

  • 3.

    Eventually built up the knowledge and funding to start her own tech company; ended up selling it at the height of the tech market.

  • 4.

    After selling her company, she "tried to be retired"; practiced golf, worked for nonprofits, traveled extensively.

  • 5.

    On a trip to Niger, she saw a girl her granddaughter's age with flies on her eyes; learned that these flies cause unnecessary blindness.

  • 6.

    Realized she could no longer partake in the shallowness of listening to her peers complaining about their multi-million-dollar homes not selling.

  • 7.

    Started the Global Team for Local Initiatives, which works to increase the lifespans of indigenous African peoples; now spends half her year living in Ethiopia.

  • 8.

    Says she needed to experience the traditional "American Dream," in order to realize that she had a different definition of what that dream should be.