Lisa Shalett is a retired Goldman Sachs Partner, who is now an Advisor to startups, an Angel Investor, and an Independent Board Director. During her 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, she held a number of leadership roles, most recently Global Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy, managing Goldman’s brand during the financial crisis. Then she promptly “failed” retirement, and spent one year at Odyssey, an explosively-growing, millennials-focused media startup, as Chief Marketing Officer and Advisor. She currently serves on three for-profit boards, Brookfield Property Partners (the publicly traded property/real asset arm of Brookfield Asset Management, and one of the largest global commercial real estate owners and operators), PerformLine (the leading Regtech company in marketing compliance), and Bully Pulpit Interactive (a digital marketing/communications company), a number of non-profit boards, and has angel invested in several startups. She is a respected and accomplished leader, a strategic thinker, innovator, problem solver, and a committed and sought-after coach and mentor, recognized for motivating people and investing in their development and success.
At Goldman Sachs, Lisa held senior leadership roles in 5 divisions and 2 regions, led revenue-producing and revenue-supporting businesses, managed global P&Ls and important client relationships across multiple cultures and geographies, and helped transform the way Goldman communicates with its key stakeholders. She began in 1995 as an Associate in Japanese Equities Sales, leveraging her expertise in Japanese language and business, and spent 11 years in the Equities Division, where she became a Partner and Head of International Equities, and worked in NY and in Tokyo. In January 2006, as the regulatory environment was intensifying, Lisa was tapped to become the Chief Operating Officer of Global Compliance, Legal and Internal Audit, to bring revenue-business leadership experience to control functions that were now the new growth areas of the firm. In March 2010, as the financial crisis loomed, she was then asked by senior leadership to take on the role of Global Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy in the Executive Office. During this unprecedented period in the firm’s history, she served as a change agent, and led the strategic development of Goldman’s first (and award-winning) corporate image advertising campaign, managed proprietary brand and reputation research, and developed and drove digital strategy, including the launch of Goldman’s social media presence, content marketing, thought leadership efforts, and the redesign of the firm’s website, to create greater transparency and improve understanding of the firm. Lisa helped forge strong media industry partnerships and worked closely with entrepreneurs.
Amidst the disruption and innovation within the media industry created by the rise of digital media channels and platforms, Lisa developed a passion for working with startups in media and tech. She left Goldman in 2015 to spend more time advising high-growth companies on business models, strategy, marketing, and talent. She joined the executive team of Odyssey, a millennials-focused social content platform that crowdsources diverse perspectives from millennial influencers in their local communities, and helps brands trying to resonate with this audience, working for its 28-year-old CEO as CMO and then Advisor, from June 2015 through June 2016, which gave her firsthand experience of working in a high-growth startup. Currently Lisa works formally with several startups and informally with many, as a strategic advisor, coach and sounding board, and drives connectivity between the startup world and large organizations around innovation.
Lisa is passionate about mentorship, and committed to initiatives that emphasize leadership development, diversity, innovation, and to using her business background to help entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations succeed. She serves on the Advisory Board of Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics, the Steering Committee of the Kellogg School’s Center for Executive Women, and is a mentor in W.O.M.E.N. in America, which brings senior women executives together to mentor high potential women leaders. She is an International Selection Panelist for Endeavor, a non-profit that identifies and mentors High-Impact Entrepreneurs in developing markets. She is a frequent speaker and panelist, and has participated in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
Lisa earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and BA, summa cum laude, in East Asian Studies (Japan) from Harvard University. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.