Lisa Shalett

Lisa Shalett

Distinguished Fellow

Founder, Extraordinary Women on Boards, Retired Goldman Sachs Partner

Lisa Shalett is a former Goldman Sachs Partner who now serves as a corporate advisor and independent board director. Well-known as a trusted connector and sought-after thought partner, she has a remarkable breadth of leadership and operational experience over her 25+ year career. Lisa simplifies complexity, sees around corners, drives innovation, and consistently creates value. Having served on boards of every type (public, private equity-backed, venture capital-backed, family-owned, and non-profit), Lisa brings a deep understanding of stakeholder priorities and a vision of boardroom excellence.

Lisa is fascinated by risk and the value of seeking out multiple perspectives, two aspects of her background that have helped shape the approach and purpose of Extraordinary Women on Boards. While at Goldman Sachs, her experience as the Chief Operating Officer of Global Compliance, Legal and Audit enabled her to work with many of the most talented risk managers in the world, and learn the skill of asking smart questions. In her role leading Goldman’s brand during the financial crisis, she mastered how to navigate crises, articulate purpose, manage stakeholder relationships and communications, and strategically manage corporate reputation and brand in a digital world. Post-Goldman, in the startup ecosystem, Lisa embraced technology and helped large companies stay innovative and growth companies be disruptive. All of these skills have proven tremendously relevant to her boardwork, and led her to focus on ways board directors add value.

Lisa currently serves on the boards of PennyMac Financial (NYSE: PFSI), on the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees, AccuWeather (private, family-owned), where she leads the Marketing Committee, and digital agency Bully Pulpit Interactive (private, PE-backed). She has also served on the boards of Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ: BPY) and PerformLine (private, venture-backed). On the non-profit side, she chairs the board of Generation W, and serves on the International Advisory Board of French business school EDHEC. Her article Why Corporate Directors Need to Focus on Trust appeared in the People + Strategy Journal in Summer 2020.

Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, summa cum laude, in East Asian Studies (Japan) from Harvard.