Lori Pappas Board President

Lori Pappas is a specialist in strategic planning who has served as a strategy consultant, turnaround consultant, and executive vice-president of a multinational software company.

Lori founded JobBOSS Software Inc., a developer of software packages for the manufacturing industry. In 1993, JobBOSS was selected by INC Magazine as One of the Best Small Companies to Work for in America. In 1998, Pappas was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Minnesota High Tech Association in recognition of her personal philosophy, ability to challenge paradigms, and willingness to embrace new technology initiatives. She was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lori retired in 1999 after selling her company, and she traveled extensively in Africa. Faced with the extreme hardships of the indigenous people she met, Lori decided to apply her entrepreneurial skills to the problem. She spent a year researching development work in Africa and founded GTLI in 2007.