Laura Liswood is a Diversity Expert Who Also Helps Women World Leaders Connect Their Voices

In Diversity, Empowerment, equality, gender equality, Publisher Channel, womensempowerment by Blessing Enofe

You’ve likely not met anyone like Laura Liswood. Aside from her years at Goldman Sachs as a Senior Advisor, she has co-founded a group of women prime ministers and presidents from around the world to share, learn, and grow their leadership.

Her focus on diversity has her on the stage, in front of cameras, and at the writing desk where she authors books to help people achieve a new perspective of true diversity. The challenges she’s met and the surprising steps she’s taken to meet her own goals make her a valuable resource in today’s world.

You’ll learn her story and more in this interview hosted by Frontrunners Development President, Mary Kurek.

Meet Laura Liswood

Laura Liswood’s Bio


Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
Former Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

In August 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland located at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. It is the only organization of its kind globally.

From 2001-2016, Liswood was also named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and later became a senior advisor. She continues to speak to audiences globally on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Liswood holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from California State University, San Diego. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts. After the events of 9/11, she became a reserve police officer in the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department and retired as a sergeant.

Liswood is the author of four books The Loudest Duck-Moving beyond Diversity, The Elephant and the Mouse, Women World Leaders, and Serving Them Right. She is a long-time participant with the World Economic Forum and is a Steward of the Forum’s Education, Gender and Work Initiative.

She is a commissioner for the New Mexico State Personnel Review Board, a board advisor for EDGE, and a member of the Washington DC Metro Transit Police Investigative Review Panel.

Laura Liswood’s Contact and Resources

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Get Laura Liswood’s Books: The Loudest Duck,

The Elephant and the Mouse