The Homesteadista is a vibrant collaborative community and resource for women of diverse backgrounds who are transforming their cities into inclusive, healthy, thriving, safe spaces through their businesses, initiatives, and community involvement. Our super power? Marrying narrative-rich content with fresh networking platforms in a way that celebrates our uniqueness, highlights our commonalities, and accelerates our personal and professional growth as changemakers.
The Homesteadista began as a blog in 2016 by Lisa Quattlebaum, a humanities educator and part-time lifestyle editorialist who used the platform to reflect her belief in sustainability, cultural social contracts, and women’s rights. She quickly realized that, if given the resources, and support, while positioned within a united cohort, every woman has the potential to lead our world and its cities to a better place.
The Homesteadista, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the secret weapon and go-to resource for women committed to improving city spaces and living. Our special sauce is in collaboration over competition. Together we seek and implement solutions, contributing to our city’s economic and social health as we are reinventing ideals and ecosystems of professional and change-making leadership. Woman by woman and city by city.
Through our intentional, member-centered programming we inspire joy and confidence amid the pressing issues modern feminist change makers of all generations face. Within our digital magazine and Co-Lab app, on and offline incubation projects, we incorporate first-hand accounts, relevant data, and essential how-to’s providing access to the strategies, in-community partnerships, and those gentle nudges essential to overcome challenges of amplification, capacity building, and financing.
Our safe and highly motivating community spaces spark ideas and foster work relations that allow women with shared
missions,unique stories and varied approaches to thrive, unleash influence, and collaboratively make change happen faster. Our diverse members approach transforming their cities through equally diverse pathways, including entrepreneurship, community building, and advocacy that transcends industries and sectors.
Individually, and positioned as a united cohort, we confront issues of economic development, sexual assault, workplace and cultural discrimination, food deserts, toxic waste in neighborhoods, unsafe public spaces, poor educational systems, health/wellness access, and gentrification.
The Magazine is more than a blog. It’s curated content integrates city living, social issues, personal story, and real life change-making practice.
Lisa Quattlebaum is an activist, innovator, and change maker. Her professional leadership path has neither been linear nor without obstacle, particularly as a woman of color and single mom. “My work continually evolves in response to a deep commitment to raise my daughter in healthy, safe, green, and inclusive spaces. This is how I model leadership to her and to other women.”
A native Philadelphian, Lisa returned to her hometown after a decade in Asia. Back stateside, she continued educational consulting for IBO, and began serving as mayoral appointed board member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Committee. As a Sarah Lawrence College graduate, and a holder of a dual master’s degree in Art and Education/Photography from NYU Steinhardt and the International
Center of Photography, creating social movement through media and education has long been her preferred approach to addressing critical social justice issues and disparities. Lisa is a 4.0School and Urban Leader Fellow, a 2017 NAIS POCC (National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference) presenter, and inaugural cohort member of the University of Pennsylvania/Ortner Center Social Impact Executive Program to End Abuse and Violence in Relationships.
In addition to founding The Homesteadista, she was recently awarded the Poynter Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship (2019-20). Her initiative, ingenuity, advocacy, versatility, and hands-on approach to bringing a vision to practice have become fine-tuned strengths.