With Dianne’s Selection, Lozier Family Boasts Two Members in Hall of Fame 5/4/18 06/04/18 11:24:07 AM
Dianne Lozier has been active in supporting women and girls throughout her career.
With Dianne’s Selection, Lozier Family
Boasts Two Members in Hall of Fame
By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record
Now you can call them a Hall of Fame couple.
Dianne Seeman Lozier, corporate counsel for the Lozier Corporation and vice chair of The Lozier Foundation, recently joined her husband, Allan Lozier, in the Omaha Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame.
Those things don’t happen by accident. She would tell you she grew up learning the value of integrity and hard work from her parents. Her teachers also provided great inspiration and instilled a desire to pursue as much education as she could.
It all started a bit north of her current home, Omaha, in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, in a rather traditional setting.
“I grew up in the Twin Cities with my parents, two brothers and two sisters,” Lozier recalled. She became the first in her family to attend college. She started at St. Cloud State University, but it didn’t stop there.
Her studies continued at William Mitchell College of Law, now Mitchell Hamline in St. Paul. She later earned her MBA at UNO.
Following law school she planned to, “Continue to work in a corporate environment,” and did just that, starting as associate general counsel for Health One Corporation in Minneapolis. It was around that time that she met her husband, Allan Lozier, who was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame in 1994.
“A mutual friend introduced us,” she recalled.
Lozier continues to keep busy these days.
“Allan is occupied full time as board chair of Lozier Corporation, co-owner of American National Corporation, and handling his other businesses and investments,” she offered.
Meeting him led to her move to Omaha, which she has found to be a good fit. The community has benefitted as well.
In addition to her legal work, her duties as vice chair of the Lozier Foundation find her working to assist underserved populations, plus efforts to improve education and health. She served on the College of Saint Mary board at a time that brought about the hiring of Dr. Maryanne Stevens, now her fellow inductee to the Business Hall of Fame.
A residence hall on the college’s central Omaha campus bears her name.
Lozier also has been active in supporting women and girls. She helped found what is now the Domestic Violence Council and before that she assisted in the launch of the Women’s Fund of Omaha. She has said it was a “perfect fit” for her advocacy-philosophy perspective.
“Currently I serve on the Phoenix Academy board; historically I have served on a number of boards of organizations serving women and girls,” Lozier pointed out.
The Lozier Foundation has long been a key supporter of the Omaha Public Schools. In 2015 it took an even bigger step with the founding of Nelson Mandela Elementary in north Omaha.
“We started the school with the primary goal of closing the achievement gap between these children and their higher income cohorts,” Lozier explained. To do that we needed to improve early reading skills and we wanted to offer a strong phonetics-based language arts curriculum for that purpose.”
She serves as chair of the school’s board.
With a life that is full of important work and advocacy, Lozier still finds time for outside pursuits.
“I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time with family and friends,” she offered. “Which unfortunately, usually involves drinking and eating.”
With all those positives in her life, Lozier is not afraid to look to the future.
“I am mostly an optimist; I try to find the good in things, though I am no Pollyanna,” Lozier stated. “I hope the future holds great success for important efforts going on around our city, region and country – though I am less convinced about that last one.”
As for future hopes: “I would like to see a quick end to the wholly unacceptable economic, racial, and gender inequality in our society ... but I don’t believe that is likely.”
While stating that she finds public recognition “highly overrated,” Lozier had kind words about being honored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.
“The Chamber and its membership do some very important things for our community,” she emphasized. “It would not be as strong or vibrant without their work.”
Dianne Seeman Lozier was joined in this year’s Hall of Fame class by:
• Larry Courtnage, Owner and Chairman of C&A Industries, Inc.
• Bruce E. Grewcock, Chairman and CEO – Kiewit
• Dan O’Neill, President (retired) – First National Bank
• Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, President – College of Saint Mary