Laura Liswood

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. The Council is composed of women presidents and prime ministers. The Council is now a Policy Program at the Aspen Institute. In 2001, Ms. Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs. Working on issues of globalization and workforce diversity, she is now a Senior Advisor to the firm. In 1997, Ms. Liswood co-founded The White House Project dedicated to electing a woman President in the United States. From 1992 to 1996 Ms. Liswood interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, which she chronicled in her book and video documentary, Women World Leaders. Ms. Liswood’s professional experience includes executive-level positions in Fortune 500 international companies. After the events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Liswood became a reserve police officer in Washington, D.C. and is now a Sergeant. She holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego, a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.

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