Lovely Dhillon is a trusted voice with expertise, experience, and a passion for organizational development. Most consultants/firms are content to merely complete assigned projects and then move on — not so with Lovely. She has become a beloved and faithful member of our organization’s family and has gone above and beyond the call of duty — nurturing and caring for our team and strategically positioning us to dramatically increase our impact in the world. Because of Lovely’s work we are more situated than ever to achieve sustainable results and to improve the lives of millions. From developing a theory of change, to fundraising, measurement, to team-building and leadership development, Lovely exhibits immense proficiency in virtually every area. She is fiercely committed to creating a more just, equitable world and brilliantly connects strategies for organizational excellence to achieve those ends.
Senior Vice President, Policy and Practice (former)
International Rescue Committee
Lovely has a unique ability to work with her clients at both strategic and operational levels without losing sight of the mission of a social change organization. She can lead complex strategic planning and then switch easily to support leaders' translation of strategy into practice in a way that works for every level of that organization. She picks up substantive areas very quickly and can partner with clients to find solutions to multi-faceted issues. She is that perfect combination of an independent consultant -- not afraid to push thinking or push back when necessary, but incredibly insightful about the risks and implications of organizational change. Lovely can support an organization's ambitions to walk the line between visionary and practical, building internal capacity to deliver effective social change.
Deputy Director, Strategic Media Partnerships (former)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lovely led efforts to create our team’s Theory of Change and Measurement Learning and Evaluation plan. Throughout the process, I found Lovely to provide strategic and insightful skill and leadership. She has the ability to both listen to and read a team, unbraid the differences and then reconnect the team toward a more strategic and focused approach to the work. She had an understanding of a large breadth of issues while also being able to get up to speed on newer areas such as fast-changing media metrics.
Lovely was not afraid to call out issues and to push back when necessary but did so as trusted counsel and with a focus on mission and resource maximization. Grounding her work in an understanding of and experience with real-world issues, and to a depth many consultants do not offer, Lovely has exceptional insight into how the work will play out practically. She has worked closely with underserved and diverse populations and communities and brought that lens to her consultancy work. She also brings an adept understanding that organizations, even complex and large ones like ours, don’t work in a vacuum and provides expertise in building partnerships and is able to link the work to systemic change.
Lovely is an engaging and insightful person that you can entrust with projects ranging from direct community work to C-Suite consultation. I appreciated her combination of strategy and evaluation expertise, ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, and sensible approach.
Vice President for Program Strategy
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Lovely is a critical thinker who develops sound strategies to tackle big social issues. Her philanthropic expertise strengthens the alignment between average portfolios and intended outcomes. By providing keen insight into grantee development and management, she helps clients optimize impact through sharpened focus and increased efficiency. Organizations grappling with critical challenges find her measured intensity and intellect invaluable.
Equally comfortable with trustees, executive officers, staff and beneficiaries, Lovely’s style invites engagement and thoughtful experimentation. She easily identifies and analyzes the complexities that challenge and confound leaders, and deftly fortifies their resolve to pursue values based leadership.
Her contracted support results in leaders, teams, and implemented plans that elevate mission impact.
Sunita de Tourreil
Founder and Owner
The Chocolate Garage
Lovely helped our global social enterprise, The Chocolate Garage, based in Palo Alto, California, assess our social impact. She led the work creating a Theory of Change for The Chocolate Garage and helping us articulate the outcomes we are working toward in our work.
Lovely was especially astute in simultaneously understanding the "nuts and bolts" business side, and how that needed to be framed in order to have the largest social impact. Lovely deeply understood and could easily move between the financial ROI [Return on Investment] and the social ROI. Even in Silicon Valley, the ability to understand how crucial each of these aspects is, and how to make the financial and social not only work together, but create a dynamic that results in synergy.
As a founder who is building a social enterprise in an intuitive manner, it was amazing to have JODEVI sort out what was second nature and formalize the larger vision, and encourage new areas to explore, and skills to hone, in order to better meet both my financial and social returns. Lovely led the larger group in a way that spoke truth clearly. Her ability to really hear and understand what my vision was, and push the team forwards with a gentle yet firm truth, without causing conflict, is a skill few have.
After the Theory of Change exercise, I felt that I understood how all the seemingly disparate components of my business, were all intricately linked, and how they were all part of the complex interaction that is the healthy ecosystem that fosters the growth of a social enterprise. Social enterprises are more complex and require more expansive thinking in order to combine an authentic mission and innovative business strategy in a successful way. Lovely skillfully brought these divergent drivers together for The Chocolate Garage.
Associate Director (former)
Lovely came recommended to me by a trusted colleague, when a project I was leading had reached a critical strategic point. Though the project involved multiple partners and addressed complex social issues, Lovely was able to very quickly and gracefully distill the multiple needs of our diverse team. The strategic wisdom, policy expertise, and measurement skills she and her team brought to the table were essential for helping us to better capture and communicate the robust impacts of our project. I particularly appreciated Lovely's strong social justice orientation, which was important for our racial equity organization, and significantly accelerated our work together.