Lisa Schenk Ph.D.
LISA SCHENK has made it her life’s work to improve people’s experience in organizations. She studied complex organizations and culture in graduate school, earning her doctorate in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at USC. She then put what she learned to use at McKinsey & Co where she worked with consultants and Fortune 500 clients to implement major change initiatives through distinctive communication and transformational leadership. McKinsey is also where Lisa developed her guiding philosophy that high performing organizations and teams are the consequence of individuals who are fully engaged in work that they love.
Lisa has been a senior executive, leading the Talent function for LRW (a professional services firm based in Los Angeles). In that role, Lisa built a strong team that reinvented leadership development, recruiting, and performance management in four years. She also led the re-invigoration of LRW’s strong culture based in the core values of entrepreneurialism, opportunity, and impact.
Lisa remains on the leading edge of leadership and organizational communication. She has taught at the Annenberg School and the Marshall School of Business at USC, Northwestern University and the Drucker School of Management. Her articles on the dilemmas of knowledge workers have been published in numerous academic texts including The New Handbook of Organizational Communication (2000) and Modern Organizations and Emerging Conundrums (1999).
She is a founding board member of the L.A. chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and lives in the foothills of Pasadena, California, with her husband and two children. She loves to read and entertain and has recently taken up (gentle) mountain biking.