Mentor- Metro Detroit

Peg Talburtt

Lovelight Foundation

Peg Talburtt is the Chief Executive of the Lovelight Foundation, a private women’s fund, and serves as a philanthropic advisor to other clients. Between 2004 and 2010, she was Executive Director of The James A. and Faith Knight Foundation and from 1996-2003, was the President/CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation.  Previously, she co-founded and was a Partner at Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) where she directed many projects related to philanthropy, educational innovations, gender, and program evaluation.  Currently, she serves on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations, The Academy of Sports Leadership, the Michigan League for Human Services and the Washtenaw Technical Middle College and was formerly a Chair of the Board of the Women’s Funding Network.  She was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of its “100 Most Influential Women in Southeast Michigan” and by Corp! Magazine as one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women.”  Other awards include selection as the Distinguished Leadership Honoree in Philanthropic Service by the Michigan Business & Professional Association, Saturn Women at Their Best Award and a Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award.  She was honored to be a featured speaker at The White House Conference on Philanthropy.

She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan where her dissertation examined risk-taking and women.