LILY SERREAU

BNP Human resources Collaborator

Audacity is finding solutions together
From an interfaith multicultural family, with a French Roman Catholic father and an Israeli Jewish mother, Lily has known philanthropy all her life. Both sides of her family were involved in giving back (for example, at local food banks, a women’s association, and Doctors of the World). Lily’s father, a physician, passed on to her his altruism, honesty and generosity.

Previously responsible for communications and philanthropic development at the Fondation HÉC Montréal [the foundation supporting the École des Hautes études commerciales (HÉC) school of business administration in Montréal], Lily helped design and implement numerous projects including a video highlighting various forms of planned giving. The video was shot at the Édifice Viger, the HÉC’s first building in Montréal, with donors and scholarship recipients in attendance. A graduate of HÉC herself, Lily is vey proud to have contributed to this project and to have seen the generosity of former students, not all of them wealthy, and the extent of the impact of planned giving.

In 2019, Lily joined BNP Philanthropic Performance to develop its human resources. She wants her new department to take off so that client organizations can benefit from turnkey solutions developed by this consulting firm. Every day, she is in contact with exceptional persons: managers and officers in the field of philanthropy who are taking action to bring about a better world. Lily finds her work a real source of optimism.

VIVRE LA PHILANTHROPIE,
being generous with your time and money at every moment.

With her trademark tenacity, Lily has a penchant for business development. She recalls a recent experience with a potential client who wanted to create a business development position at his organization. After numerous telephone and email exchanges, the now confirmed client said, in all seriousness, “I think you’re the person I want to hire!”

Lily cares about education. She feels that change happens when we challenge our assumptions, become better persons and create a fairer and more creative society.

Believing that there is always a solution, Lily exercises resilience and patience each day. Together, as a team, we’re stronger!

Lily’s three ways to a better world:

  1. First, I want us to demonstrate empathy and be able to put ourselves in another person’s shoes. Whether we are a solitary senior, a street youth, a single parent, or a member of a newly‑arrived immigrant family, we each have our own challenges, and we each experience our own suffering. When someone else offers us a helping hand at a tough time, the gratitude we feel has a positive ripple effect: when we, too, have the means to do so, we help someone in turn.
  2. Second, I want to reduce poverty at home and abroad. I have enjoyed discovering other cultures and living internationally. I have witnessed extreme poverty, and it breaks my heart to see so much social inequality.
  3. Third, I want to become a better person every day. I decided to become a vegetarian because animal suffering grieves me. This food choice is not always consistent, and I hope to persist in my efforts. I am especially aware of programs designed to reduce our daily intake of meat.