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Lila Asante-Appiah, MA, CPC, PHR, SWP

Chief Administrative Officer
The Heat and Warmth Fund


Lila Asante-Appiah is an intuitive, results-focused Executive and Certified Professional Coach with strong business acumen, recognized as a strategic leader with expertise in Human Resources, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI), and Organizational Development. She is a highly skilled facilitator and change champion with over 25 years of leadership and consultation experience driving increased sustainability across diverse organizations by visioning and directing strategic imperatives. Lila is systematic and forward-thinking in maximizing talent and performance through a DEI lens, and as well, aligning and facilitating initiatives across multiple business units, while continuously developing strategies and tactics to increase efficiencies and achieve organizational effectiveness.

She is a trusted leader and advisor with the innate ability to motivate and positively influence those within her sphere of influence. Lila strongly believes that intentionality is key in developing and cultivating a talent driven organization and influences leaders to put people first.

Lila is the Chief Administrative Officer for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) overseeing and leading internal support units, ensuring operational excellence to advance the mission. As well, she is the President and Cofounder of Purposeful Pursuits, an organization that provides professional coaching, DEI, and organizational development consulting. Lila’s volunteer efforts include the following: Board President, Board of Trustees for Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, Inc. (NEW) in Ann Arbor and, Board Member and Chair, DEI Committee for the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC) in Detroit.

She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Organizational Development, both from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She has acquired several certifications in human resources (PHR), talent management (SWP), professional coaching (CPC) and career coaching (CCC) credentialed by the World Coach Institute. For 2021, Lila was named a Diversity Business Leader award winner by Corp! Magazine.

Lila is passionate about causes related to education, poverty, economic empowerment, women, children, and social justice and action.