Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
Laura Liswood is a lawyer and has been a senior line executive running operations in the banking, airline and cable TV industries. She was CEO and President of the American Society for Training and Development and was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs becaming a Senior Advisor to the global investment bank. Ms. Liswood has been a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was a member of the board of a public company, Charming Shoppes, a retail clothing store with 2300 stores. An author and speaker, she has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, BBC, International Herald Tribune, and Newsweek and has provided leadership presentations for over 7000 Senior Executives in the U.S. government and cabinet level Presidential Appointees. Read More >
"Thought provokingly different. The most remarkable thing about the event was the way Laura got the audience to open up to her, almost like you would to a close friend."
"I so enjoyed your encouraging words for our young women here at Harpeth Hall. Your style and sense of humor served to enhance your message about leadership within. The video clip was especially inspiring. Connecting for this brief period with women in our global community was powerful. I cannot tell you how much my students and I enjoyed your speech! I spoke with some of my girls after your visit, and we all agreed that your humor, insight, and experience made your presentation entirely enjoyable and thought provoking."
"Laura Liswood's timing is perfect in giving us the stories and words of the most powerful and interesting women leaders around the world. With great intelligence and insight, Liswood mixes history and biography with these women's answers to probing questions. Readers will come away not only informed, but also inspired."
"This book (Women World Leaders) continues to stand as the classic analysis of women worldwide. In this highly anticipated, updated volume, Liswood shows us the progress women have made. She also offers trenchant analysis of why women have a long way to go so that women leaders become simply leaders."
"Thank you so much for your phenomenal keynote address at the 2003 Arizona Women's Leadership Forum. The remarks we received about your presentation were outstanding! Your speech was both informational and inspirational. So many women came up to me at the Forum and since the Forum to tell me how fantastic you were/are."
"Your speech was lively and entertaining and started the day off with a high level of energy that carried through the rest of the day. Personally, I was struck by how much you had done to advance the cause of women's leadership: how it had all started with a great idea and how you weren't held back by self doubt. What you have been able to accomplish is remarkable."
"Your presentation of Self Actualization and Leadership marked a high point for the conference and we received many comments from the Fellows afterwards about what they took away."
"Everyone was inspired and energized by your talk. We will all have taken away much that we can add to the education of girls in our schools."