Ann Lovell has a BS in Accounting from University of Arizona. Post-graduation, she completed two short executive leadership programs at Harvard University. She is currently a certified public accountant with more than thirty years of experience in business, focusing on financial accounting and tax consulting.
“I love summers in Tucson. Beyond the heat, it is a time of nourishment. Everything slows down and then the rains begin. There is nothing like a Tucson monsoon and the multitude of lightning bolts filling the valley skies,” Ann describes her home.
When Partners Helaine Levy and Steve Alley approached Ann about bringing an SVP chapter to Tucson, she jumped at what she saw as a great idea, which she interprets as “a social network that enhances philanthropic efforts locally and also provides education about the community and opportunities to provide skills/assistance in a positive environment.”
Her experiences in philanthropy aren’t limited to Tucson. Ann works with a Foundation for Women microcredit program in Liberia, West Africa, which focuses on funding women entrepreneurs through microfinance, education and business support. Ann recalls an impactful encounter in which she attended a microcredit ‘center’ meeting consisting of a group of about 30 women coming together each week to meet, make payments on their loans, exchange information and support each other. “One of the recipients rose to speak and tell us about receiving a loan. She said that before she received that small loan, she was invisible and she never believed that she would be ‘seen.’ Now she is recognized, embraced, heard and included and works to help others be seen, heard and to rebuild their community and country.”
Another woman changing the opinions and norms in society, Gloria Steinem, would be Ann’s choice for “Meet a Celebrity Day.” Ann says of Steinem, “I have enormous respect for both her personally and for her efforts and am in awe of her strength when she was so brutally attacked for taking a stand. Changing the opinions and norms of society is not easy work and those who step up to that challenge are extraordinary.”
As a preteen, Ann was captivated by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. “When I first read the Hobbit and then the Lord of the Rings trilogy (at 11 or 12), it really opened me up to other worlds and the lessons each teach. As an adult, his ability to literally create this world, complete with complex history, lineages, and even languages, is almost beyond my comprehension.”
A favorite quote of Ann’s is: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive,” (Howard Thurman).