Lisa Sun

Founder & CEO, GRAVITAS, Former Associate Principal in McKinsey’s Global Fashion Practice
  • Founder and CEO of game-changing retail brand and confidence company Gravitas—featured by Oprah magazine, TODAY show, People, Fast Company, Elle, Forbes, CNN, and more
  • Former McKinsey Associate Principal who understands how to tap into inner strength and bet on innovative ideas to find success in even the most difficult business environments
  • Seamlessly blends her personal story and the story of the launch of Gravitas to showcase the power of confidence, innovation, and a strong vision

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What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, electrifies audiences as she unpacks this vital question in her moving, motivating, and empowering talks. Catalyzing confidence and inspiring innovation, Sun seamlessly blends stories from her personal journey with data and experience-driven insights from her 11 years at McKinsey & Company to offer talks that encourage audiences to choose self-confidence, work to harness their “superpower,” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally.

Sun founded GRAVITAS in 2012, and its origin story dates to her first professional review. The feedback that changed her life? Being told that she “comes across as young and overly enthusiastic at times,” that she “lacked gravitas,” and “should go buy a new dress, big jewelry, and great shoes.” With those words in mind, an understanding of the transformative power of clothing, and a determination to create a game-changing company, Sun filed for a global patent to build shapewear directly into dresses. She launched GRAVITAS as a “confidence company” that offers innovative apparel and styling solutions designed to makeover women from the inside-out. Two months after launch, her first collection was featured in O, The Oprah magazine, PEOPLE, and The TODAY Show in the same month. Sun and GRAVITAS have not slowed down since; she has been featured on CNN and in Forbes, Fast Company, New York magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, and more.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Sun explores why it’s vital to push past your potential, how to transform an idea into a movement, and why you’ve got to bet on yourself every single day. Praised for her passion and warmth, she has spoken for groups including JPMorganChase, Mortgage Bankers Association Summit for Women in Real Estate Finance, HSN, Dress for Success Global Success Summit, The Nantucket Project, and more. 

Prior to founding GRAVITAS, Sun spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company where she advised leading luxury, fashion and beauty brands and retailers in the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America on strategic and operational issues. At McKinsey, Sun was considered one of the firm’s top experts in the luxury and fashion space, Lisa published perspectives and gave keynote speeches at forums such as the American Express Luxury Summit. In many ways, Lisa “grew up” at McKinsey, being mentored by the firm’s best thinkers, learning from top executives, and having the privilege of leading teams of talented colleagues around the world.

Sun has always had a passion for style, for inclusivity, and for helping people look and feel their best, having been a size 22, a size 8, and now proudly a size 12. At every size and age, she has found creative ways to show off her style, having been named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Best Dressed Women. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with distinction in Biology and Political Science.

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Choosing Self-Confidence. Within us all exists a lifelong struggle between being self-conscious and self-confident. Open, honest, and funny, Lisa Sun shares the techniques she and her many clients have used to recognize, strengthen, and use their unique gifts to shut out doubt and fear and become more confident and successful. She touches on letting go of haunting insecurities, making our unconscious gifts conscious, and learning to share them with those around us.

Finding Your Superpower. As Lisa Sun explains, we can’t be confident until we fully understand what makes us uniquely strong—our “superpower.” But how do we discover it?  In this interactive workshop, Sun explores different confidence personalities and how they connect to our superpowers. Packed with real takeaways for personal and professional advancement, this workshop will have attendees buzzing as they figure out their own confidence language and the superpowers they naturally channel, realize how their confidence language has been helping (and hurting) them, and how to ultimately use it to work through challenging situations and make positive situations even better.

Braving Innovation from Our Strengths. As Lisa Sun explains, we can’t be confident until we fully understand what makes us uniquely strong—our “superpower.” But, once you know your superpower, what’s next? With this talk, Lisa blends research from her time at McKinsey & Company with her own personal story to impart a powerful message about drawing on specific gifts to make the world a better place. Whether it be launching a revolutionary company, bringing that new idea to management, or pushing past failure to chase a big goal, Lisa inspires audiences to draw on their strengths in pursuit of innovation and success.

Make Your Mark: Growth and Market Dominance. Here, Sun draws on her McKinsey background to explore the shifts we’re seeing all around us in terms of changing consumer behavior, emerging markets, and technology. Sharing her inspiring story of creating a novel, successful brand and a rabid fanbase in a busy sector facing tremendous disruption, Sun showcases how to grow your business by paying attention to the right indicators, understanding your niche consumer, differentiating your brand, and doubling down on a positive vision. A great talk for incumbents and growing businesses alike, Lisa Sun helps audiences understand the changes that are remaking the business world around them while motivating them to remain resilient and use that knowledge to chase market dominance.

Diversity: Representation & Access. It’s widely acknowledged that the most-diverse enterprises are the most innovative and highest-performing. As an Asian-American woman, Lisa Sun shares her personal journey climbing the corporate ladder and launching her own venture, GRAVITAS. Through her story, she shares how minorities can be seen and celebrated for their differences and ideas; and how everyone can create cultures where connection, equal access to senior jobs, and equal pay are the norm. Her unique insights provide concrete tactics to unlock the secret of making diversity work.

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