Lisa Crawford is the Program Coordinator at VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation, a collaboration of the School
of the Arts, Business, and Engineering that advances interdisciplinary innovation and technology-based
Before starting at the Center, Lisa was the Senior Producer for VCU-TV/HD where she produced 9 hours of cinéma
vérité documentaries. She won two Capital Emmy awards for VCU Qatar and VCU Inside Out: Patti D’Beck, and was
nominated for a Webby Award for the VCU-TV/HD Webisodes.
Since joining the da Vinci Center in June 2010, Lisa has immersed herself in creative thinking and innovation.
She currently participates in a Faculty Learning Committee that explores how creativity is taught across
disciplines, practices, and philosophies. Through the da Vinci Center for Innovation, Lisa hopes to inspire
creativity and innovation among students and the Richmond community.
Lisa Crawford answers the Proust Questionnaire:
What is your most marked characteristic?
Umm… My eyes?
The quality you most like in a man?
Generosity, Patience and Humor
The quality you most like in a woman?
Drive and Humor
What do you most value in your friends?
Humor – I love hanging out with friends and laughing so hard that I can barely breathe.
What is your principle defect?
I usually take on too much because I have a hard time saying no.
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your dream of happiness?
Being surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
What would you like to be?
A successful business woman and mother
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Dad, Felicito Figueroa – He grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. He saw an opportunity to have a better life and joined the U.S. Navy in December 1972. He served in the Navy for 26 years. He is a very generous man who keeps family a priority, is always open to learning and experiencing new things, and encourages creativity. Also my Mom, Sandra Figueroa – Her adventurous spirit could not be contained to Sherrill, NY and she joined the Navy after graduating high school. She left the Navy after four years to become a full-time mother. I admire her strength and her loyalty to family.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Princess Diana and Mother Teresa
What are your favorite names?
Figueroa, Taylor, Crawford – the names that represent my family
What is it you most dislike?
What reform do you most admire?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I wish I could sing. Singing along to “Glee” is not enough!
How would you like to die?
Warm, asleep in my bed after a long, fulfilling life.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
My dependency on chocolate.
What is your motto?
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars – Les Brown