Norma J. Chism is the CEO and Founder of Ladies Influencing Freedom & Excellence Inc (LIFE).She dedicates herself to the mission, “to unconditionally serve vulnerable communities near and far to develop leaders and change the world one life at a time”. She is a retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant with 24 years of military leadership experience. During her service she served as key adviser to her leadership in the areas of employee safety and welfare. She also served as the director of education at the Air Force First Sergeant Academy where she was responsible for instructor certifications, curriculum development, test evaluation and institution accreditation. She also gained experience in policy and regulation research, operational process analysis, strategic planning, project management and relationship management.
Norma Chism is a highly experienced operations executive with the ability to lead diverse teams. In her current role she has impressively led her team to mentor 200 under served youth, provide over 100 backpacks of school supplies/toiletries for low income communities, and bring job fairs and women’s health events to over 1,000 women. Internationally, she has provided over 18,000 meals to local nationals, dug wells for 2 villages that had no clean drinking water, distributed over 1,000 pounds of clothes/toiletries/toys and directed leadership seminars to over 100 community leaders of Sri Lanka. Beyond her career, she has a passion to tackle tough issues with the belief, one person can make a difference.
Originally from Lake Charles LA, she and her husband Sam of 26 years, have 4 children and two grandchildren. Norma is heavily involved in her church, organization and community. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Organization Leadership at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach Alabama.