10 Things About Lisa Conradi & Chadwick Center for Children & Families


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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

The mission of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families is to promote the healing of children and their families so that the trauma and abuse they have experienced is only one of their many life experiences, not the defining life experience. Lisa Conradi joined the Chadwick Center in 2006 as a Project Manager and currently serves as the Executive Director. The Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital has been selected as the beneficiary of the 114th Anniversary Charity Ball.



#1 I am actually a San Diego native! I was born and raised in Scripps Ranch and Poway.


#2 In college, I became involved in campus violence initiatives, which led to me becoming aware of the extraordinary prevalence and impact of child abuse and trauma.


#3 I would tell my younger self that it is all going to be okay – don’t worry too much and just take in your surroundings – there’s beauty everywhere.


#4 Travel is my favorite pastime. I lived in Melbourne, Australia when I was younger and loved it. I also really enjoyed a pre-covid trip I took to Paris with my husband.


#5 We are planning a trip to New Zealand next year. I would also love to see Bali and Singapore.


#6 I am a devoted mother of three cats including 2 black cats. Shadowfax is my 7-year-old sweetheart. Nina Simone is a 2-year-old COVID kitten, who due to some health issues when she was younger, her growth was stunted so she will forever look like an adorable kitten. In February, we adopted a 14-year-old named Lucy from the shelter.


#7 I decided to become a psychologist so I could support people who have experienced violence and abuse in their lives. I learned that we can provide practices that have research to support them, but also do it with care and compassion.


#8 As someone who grew up in San Diego, I knew that the Chadwick Center was the very best place to do this kind of work.


#9 The Chadwick Center has served thousands of children and families over the years. One family that stands out to me is a mother whose son was brought in due to sexual abuse at age 3. During the course of our work with her son, the mother began understanding her own significant history of physical and sexual abuse, both as a child and as an adult. She enrolled in her own healing journey with us.


#10 Proceeds from the 114th Anniversary Charity Ball will help us better serve patients and families seeking services and therapy at the Chadwick Center.


114th Anniversary Charity Ball
“Come Fly With Me”
Saturday, February 4, 2023
6 pm
Hotel del Coronado


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Esteban Villanueva