Join us as Lisa Donahue, Co-Head of the Americas & Asia regions at AlixPartners, shares her inspiring journey of overcoming fear and self-doubt to achieve success. From her first day as CEO to her current role, Lisa reveals the importance of nurturing relationships, seeking support, and embracing the learning process. Discover how she tackles challenges, raises new perspectives, and embraces the power of course correction.
In this candid conversation, Lisa emphasizes the value of asking questions, learning from failure, and accepting that we'll always have critics. Plus, get a glimpse into her personal life as she opens up about her Irish Catholic family's influence and the importance of being present for loved ones. Tune in to this empowering episode and learn to conquer your own crises of confidence.
[02:07] Lisa’s path to executive level leadership
[07:04] Building a supportive community
[11:00] Asking for what you need without feeling like a burden
[14:43] Contributing to the conversation without needing to have the answer
[19:07] Quick learning habits
[21:43] Not fearing failure
[25:56] Making decisions and having confidence in adversity
[29:06] Dealing with wanting to be liked
[32:22] What helps Lisa stay grounded
[35:29] Lightning round questions
“You’re always going to find a point where you need some support from somebody.” – Lisa Donahue
“I think women sometimes undervalue their own contribution to the network relationship.” – Lisa Donahue
“It’s not always about being right. You learn a lot more from being wrong.” – Lisa Donahue
What book has greatly influenced you?
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself?
What is one change you've implanted that made your life better?
Taking the opportunity during COVID to focus on mental health and taking time for my family–that I’m a better professional when I’m grounded and I spend time with my family.
What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage?
“The Man” by Aloe Blacc
Lisa Donahue is the Co-Head of the Americas & Asia regions at AlixPartners. She oversees service delivery across the firm’s industries and service lines to improve financial, operational, and digital performance. Her focus includes guiding companies through operational and financial transformations in various roles, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Transition Officer. Lisa has long been a trusted advisor to CEOs and Boards of Directors. She recently served as the Chief Transition and Development Officer at Westinghouse, where she led the successful repositioning of the company. She has had leadership roles in the power, aviation, consumer products and manufacturing industries. Lisa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Futures Council of the World Economic Forum. She currently sits on the boards of The Nucleus Group, which brings marketers, designers, researchers, strategists and behavioral specialists together in service of business strategy and social impact, and Tina’s Wish, an ovarian cancer non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. Lisa previously served on the board of AlixPartners.