Lisa Walker is the Founder and Managing Director of Leadership Capital Advisors, a boutique retained executive search firm, where she has built the revenue and infrastructure, and managed entrepreneurial growth. Previously, Ms. Walker was a senior partner with Korn/Ferry International and a partner with Heidrick & Struggles. At Korn/Ferry, Ms. Walker initiated, built and led the Global Sustainability practice including co-authoring white papers, driving brand positioning, and delivering incremental revenue in new markets. She repeated the practice development when she initiated the Global Agribusiness practice.
With two decades of experience in executive search as well as in senior roles within the industrial marketplace, Ms. Walker leads general management and key functional searches for clients seeking marketing, strategy, business development, technology and operations expertise. She specializes in commercialization roles and has built her reputation identifying talent with an emphasis on performance, potential and cultural fit.
Prior to entering executive search, Ms. Walker was with BP Amoco, Air BP, as Chief Marketing Officer for the international jet fuel business. Ms. Walker also held positions as Director of Marketing Strategy for Amoco where she developed the retail service station strategic plan resulting in integrated business strategy for gasoline, convenience store, auto repair, quick serve restaurant, and site real estate. She led special projects to deliver a new small lot convenience store model, market-specific operating plans, product slate management, and channel strategies.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Walker served as a management consultant with Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney in strategy, marketing and operations in their Chicago office. Ms. Walker began her career as an engineer at Honeywell Corporation, working in design and manufacturing with Honeywell’s solid state electronics division in Colorado Springs and Minneapolis.
Ms. Walker earned her Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago, and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Ms. Walker has been honored by The White House as “a Champion of Change for her outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling, and training.” She serves on the Board of the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the Advisory Board of the Clean Energy Trust, Cornell Engineering College Council and the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago.