Top 100 Women of Impact: Lisa John-Adams

Lisa John-Adams

Quality Management Systems Director, Nucor Steel Arkansas

About me: My husband Tracy and I have three wonderful adult children — Regal, Kaitlyn and Broderick — and a beautiful 2-year-old granddaughter, Sariyah. 

I migrated from Trinidad to the U.S. in 2000 to continue working for a great company, Nucor. I have been with Nucor 29 years and counting and with Nucor Steel Arkansas for 23 years as quality management systems director.

I serve on several boards, including the Arkansas Community Foundation, Great River Economic Development Foundation, The Haven domestic violence shelter, KIPP Delta Public Schools and The National Cold War Center. I am also a past president of the Mississippi County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

I am passionate about quality education for all our children, I love researching alternative cures for common illnesses and I am a mother and volunteer at heart.

Lives in: Gosnell • Works in: Blytheville

Best Career Advice: To become a great leader, you must be willing to be great at serving.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: I have come to realize the importance of self-care in my work life, that it’s not just “wasting time.” It helps ensure that my health and well-being do not pay the price.

Proudest Moment of Impact: As board president of The Haven, I have seen firsthand the cruelties of domestic abuse. But it has given me such joy and satisfaction over the years to have had survivors and their children exit the shelter and move on to lives of independence and homes free of domestic violence because of the shelter’s services and programs.

What Keeps Me Motivated: Believing that one person can make a difference and knowing that the difference does not have to be grand to have impact. Small differences add up over time. Touching just one life makes it worthwhile.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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