Lisa Gable

Award-winning CEO, Presidential Appointee, Former US Ambassador & UN Delegate, Advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs
  • Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of book: "Turnaround: How to Change Course When Things Are Going South”
  • Draws from her widespread background to provide actionable solutions to businesses, teams, nonprofits, political campaigns, and government projects
  • Strives to support the next generation of leaders by emphasizing that each mission matters
  • Offers a high-touch approach to leadership using real life examples

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Lisa Gable is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning book, Turnaround: How to Change Course When Things are Going South and is recognized worldwide as a turnaround mastermind. As CEO of several organizations, and as a former Presidential appointee, US Ambassador, UN Delegate, and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Lisa has orchestrated and executed the successful turnarounds of well-known private and public organizations in all industries and sectors. Lisa most recently served as the CEO of FARE, the world’s largest funder of food allergy research.

In 2004, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first woman in World’s Fair’s 150-year history to direct the U.S. Pavilion, a 100 percent non-federally funded $33.7 million operation with more than 70 employees.  She held personal rank of Ambassador.

Her professional background includes tenure as a Distinguished Fellow, SMU Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, Lyle School of Engineering; an Advisory Council Member of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue; an Opinion Columnist and External Advisory Board Member, CEOWORLD magazine: Mentor, Rare as One project, a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Advisory Board, the Diplomatic Courier; a member, Women’s Democracy Network, International Republican Institute; Chair, Foundation for a Smoke Free World; Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, PepsiCo; founding President, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; a Member, National Academy of Medicine IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions; a Board Member, Girl Scouts of the USA; a Member, the Virginia Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission; an Advisory Board Member, Base Technologies; a Trustee of Thunderbird School of Global Management; a Board Member, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; a Board Member, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; a Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships; a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations; Vice Chairman for the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; a Trustee for the California State Summer School of the Arts; a Partner, the Brand Group; Global Brand Identity Manager for INTEL Corporation; Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, the White House; Special Assistant for Technology Transfer Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Lisa Gable holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s National Security Studies program.


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Small Steps You Can Take To Change the World

Getting to the Big Idea

Making What Matters to You Matter to Others

Zig Zagging to the Top: Overcoming Life's Challenges

Leaving a Legacy

Relationship Management and Managing Difficult Conversations

The Art of Leadership. Lisa’s flagship speech includes personal narratives pulled from her experiences working for Presidential Administrations, as CEO, US Ambassador, and UN Delegate. She emphasizes the importance of mentorship, the power of relationships, getting to the big idea, and overcoming challenges.

Making What Matters to You Matter to Others .Sometimes success rides on making what matters to you matter to others. Lisa brings to life how influence involves building relevance, surrounding yourself with wicked smart people, and using research and data as your secret weapon to opening opportunities for revenue, visibility, and partnerships.

How to Change Course When Things are Going South. Whether you are a CEO, the head of a major division or program, the manager of a team, or the lead on a project tasked with heading its turnaround, this may be your moment to assume the mantle of leadership and be a driver of positive change. Lisa teaches us how to stop looking over our shoulders for someone else to save the day. You may just be it.

Your Mission Matters. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company, government agency, small nonprofit, or anywhere in between, your mission drives your message, your meaning, and your money. Lisa, who has served U.S. Presidents and Governors, international coalitions, Silicon Valley giants, and leading nonprofits shares insights on what we can learn from each other in the quest for relevance, innovation, and long-term success.

Unleashing Innovation. Sometimes when we are facing our greatest challenges, we discover amazing technologies or solutions, which not only guide us through the turmoil, but also become standard personal management tools. Using recent examples, Lisa brings to life how-to discover new ways of working, solving problems and engaging with others.

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