Online MBA Program Administrator, WALI Mentorship Program Director
Campus: St. Petersburg
Lisa Yacso serves as Online MBA Program Administrator for the USF Muma College of Business. She curates innovative co-curricular programming, advises students, develops new strategic initiatives in collaboration with the team, and provides academic administration.
She also teaches GEB 3033 Business Workplace Skills and Best Practices. This course helps business students prepare for success in their careers and addresses the most frequently cited skills employers seek when hiring employers, such as critical thinking, communication, leadership, teamwork, and more.
Formerly, in the USF Muma College of Business Women and Leadership Initiative, she served as Director of the Mentorship program for graduate (mostly female) business students. After the events of 2020, she redesigned the program into the Mentorship Forward program which supported graduate business female students of color and their allies. The program also helped cultivate allyship for race equity and provided training on anti-racism at work.
Previously, she served as federal grant manager and budget supervisor for the $2.3 million Carl Perkins IV grant at St. Petersburg College.
Her academic experience is complemented by nine years in leadership roles in energy management, working closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and public housing authorities. She served as chief operating officer and vice president at two small businesses she co-owned and was a director at Constellation Energy, a Fortune 125 company.
Yacso earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida in 2019. She earned focus track certificates in Management and Information Systems Management. She also holds a Master in Education degree in Counseling and Guidance, specializing in College Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor's degree in English, both from Texas State University.