Lisa has over 20 years of consulting experience focused on the intersection of organizations and technology. Her specialties include organizational design, process improvement, performance management and leadership development for technology organizations, as well as technology planning for mid-sized to large companies spanning many industries, including insurance, retail, energy, information services, media and entertainment, healthcare, software, and telecommunications.

Prior to co-founding Thought Ensemble, Lisa was the Managing Vice President of Pariveda Solutions’ Denver office, as well as a national developer and leader of their IT Strategy practice. Her consulting career includes applications development and strategy roles with Accenture (Andersen Consulting), The Boston Consulting Group, Tactica Technology Group, and Hitachi Consulting. She has an MBA from Duke University and a Computer Science degree from Trinity University. Lisa is an active member of EO (The Entrepreneurs’ Organization) and she serves on the board of OWL (Open World Learning).

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

My parents think it all started when I was two and spent hours on end reorganizing my Fisher Price people. Maybe so, but it officially came together about twenty years ago when I found myself helping with an organizational strategy project for a large IT organization that needed to transform amidst major industry change. I finally knew what I was going to do when I grew up. I had enjoyed my career up to that point in systems development, but this strategic work was the perfect combination of business and technology, systems thinking, and big ideas.

Since then, I’ve served in leadership positions at a variety of consultancies, including systems integrators and strategic consultancies, but I’ve focused almost entirely on the intersection between organizations and technology. I’ve gotten to know hundreds of CIOs, CTOs, and CEOs and worked closely with dozens of them through organization, process, and technology transformations. My early IT strategy experience was focused on the traditional CIO and IT organization, but since starting Thought Ensemble, I’ve also worked extensively with CTOs in companies where technology is the product or service sold to the end customer. I’ve now helped many technology organizations make the transformation into a more strategic organization focused on delivering technology solutions to external stakeholders.

What I appreciate most about Thought Ensemble is that we are focused on what we love: consulting and thought leadership to help organizations achieve their transformations. I love the way we work together and with executive leaders as a little think tank that generates big ideas and solves big problems for their organizations.

Some of my favorite things include:
• Watching and helping technology change businesses and industries faster and faster
• Designing solutions that consider organizational systems, including all the interdependencies between strategy, services, processes, people, culture, and technology
• Making strategy actionable with unique approaches to ensure that the great ideas don’t end up on the shelf
• Never forgetting a favorite quote: “Culture eats strategy for lunch every day”
If you know me, you know my eyes light up when I get going on technology and organizations. I’m grateful for the chance to do what I love, with colleagues and clients who challenge my thinking every day.

Blogs

Visioning with a 5-Year Old

I may not be the craftiest mom. I may not be the best at academic prep. I'm definitely not the one throwing the football. But there's one thing I know I can teach my kids: how to create a life they love. It is the start of a new year, so we are working on our vision...

Recipe for an Awesome Morning

Before I had kids, I didn’t think much about the mornings. Each day was different. I woke up when I needed to based on my calendar. But kids have brought more routine to my life - a rhythm to the day, week, and year. For the first five years of parenthood, we had a...

Think Twice Before Turning Project Managers into Product Managers

Practically every traditional IT organization is trying to become more externally focused to build products that improve the digital experience of their end customers or other external stakeholders. It doesn’t take long for most IT leaders to realize they have a big...

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