Lizabeth Ardisana, ’84 CECS
Lizabeth Ardisana exemplifies Michigan excellence through her commitment to education, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She is the 20-plus year principal owner and CEO of ASG Renaissance, a technical and communication services firm with about 250 employees and offices throughout Michigan, Washington D.C., South Carolina and Ontario, Canada.
Lizabeth is widely acknowledged as one of metro Detroit’s most respected and influential business leaders. Her leadership has helped ASG become one of only two companies – and the only minority-owned company – to win the Crain’s Detroit Business Award three straight years. In 2003, Lizabeth was elected chairperson of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, becoming the first woman to chair the chamber’s 30-member board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank, Mariah Industries, Kettering University Board of Trustees, and Focus: HOPE – a civil and human rights organization dedicated to overcoming racism, poverty and injustice.
Named as a “Michiganian of the Year” in 2006, Lizabeth has most recently been working to alleviate the issues currently faced by the metropolitan Detroit area as a member of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC). Always innovative, Lizabeth has been arranging meetings between local auto parts makers and national manufacturers of medical devices to help Detroit businesses diversify and prosper within today’s economy. She also sits on the governing board of the New Economy Initiative, a regional program to attract new businesses to Detroit.
Lizabeth considers UM-Dearborn to be a “great asset” that provided her with a “great engineering education”. She was especially appreciative for the experience of her professors and has taken time to be a speaker for the Emerging Leaders Program on campus.