Lisa Soard

Director of Communications and Engagement

Joined the IBRI in November 2019

Lisa Soard

Lisa Soard is a proven communicator with 20 years of communications experience writing about issues such as health care and life sciences, and making complex topics simple. In her role at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) she directs communications, community and media relations, social media strategy and website activities.

Prior to arriving at the IBRI, she served as vice president at Reputation Partners, a Chicago-based strategic communications firm, where she worked with clients such as EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Simon Property Group, Surgical Care Affiliates and Tivity Health. Her signature accomplishments consist of large-scale social media strategies that have enhanced her clients market presence and communications plans that have raised awareness of her clients among their target audiences.

She lives in Greenwood, IN, with her husband, two kids and their labrador. She likes starting her day with a workout, enjoys relaxing with her family and loves hiking and spending time in nature.

Areas of Expertise

  • Communications strategy and implementation
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis communications
  • Event planning
  • Media relations and training
  • Presentation coaching
  • Public relations
  • Social media and online strategy


  • Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Mass Communication), Drake University, 2001

Awards & Certifications

  • Publicity Club of Chicago Platinum Trumpet Award, 2010
  • Publicity Club of Chicago Golden Trumpet Award, 2010
  • Hermes Creative Gold Award, 2008
  • Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet Award, 2008

Honorary Societies

  • Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter, 2020 to 2022


  • Friedens United Church of Christ Council President, 2022