Lisa Kimmel

Lisa has sat on the Steering Committee for Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) since its inception, and took on the role of chair in 2017. GWEN champions programs and policies to help Edelman reach its global target of 50/50 gender parity at the most senior ranks by 2020. GWEN was conceived to increase the presence of women leaders at the most senior levels of the firm, and to create an environment where women are encouraged to lead and succeed. When GWEN began in 2011, women represented 33 percent of the company’s most senior leaders of the firm. As of April 2018, this number has climbed to 47 percent. Externally, Lisa devotes a significant amount of time to engage in speaking and editorial opportunities to advocate for women in the workplace, on subjects ranging from the importance of diversity on boards, to boosting self-confidence. Recent engagements include participation in a #MeToo debate at Women’s Forum Canada and a panel discussion on sexual harassment in the workplace organised by the Canadian Club, the most preeminent business forum in the country. She continues to support future leaders through mentorship programs with various women’s organisations.