Innkeeper of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, national speaker, author and creative services consultant, Lisa Kivirist embodies the growing “ecopreneuring” movement: innovative entrepreneurs who successfully blend business with making the world a better place. A recognized leader in the mushrooming green business sector, Lisa Kivirist is co-author with her husband, John Ivanko, of Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life. Her upcoming release, Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits, is a compact, dynamic tool kit for a fresh approach to entrepreneurial thinking, blending passion for the planet with small business pragmatics.
A pioneer in green travel, Lisa Kivirist runs the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in southwest Wisconsin, considered among the “Top Ten Eco-Destinations in North America,” and featured in USA Today, MSNBC, ABC news, Newsweek and numerous other media. Powered by 100 percent renewable energy, the Inn was the recipient of the Energy Star Small Business Network Award from the EPA and is an example of a “carbon negative” business, sequestering more carbon dioxide annually than emitted from its carbon-free operations.
In addition to feature writing for publications such as Hobby Farm Home, Mother Earth News and Wisconsin Trails, Kivirist wrote Edible Earth: Savoring the Good Life with Vegetarian Recipes from Inn Serendipity, focusing on seasonal and local foods. A regular blogger for Green Options and lead writer for Renewing the Countryside, a non-profit organization showcasing rural entrepreneurial success stories, Kivirist also penned Kiss Off Corporate America: A Young Professional’s Guide to Independence.
A passionate speaker, Lisa Kivirist blends authenticity with seasoned authority on green business and sustainable living issues, providing both inspiring stories and practical ideas on how we can all do our part to make the world a better place.
Kivirist shares her farm with her husband, their young son, a 10kw wind turbine and a colony of honeybees.