Speaker Bio

Lisa Osborne Ross

Closing Keynote Presentation

Lisa Osborne Ross
U.S. Chief Executive Officer, Edelman,

Lisa Osborne Ross is a public relations industry veteran with over 30 years of experience as an in-demand communications, public affairs, and crisis management counselor to senior executives at Fortune 500, higher education, and government institutions. Lisa serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Edelman U.S., the world’s leading PR firm. In addition to her role overseeing Edelman’s largest global division, she is senior client counselor, specializing in social purpose, corporate and public affairs, and DE&I initiatives. Over the past few years, she has been instrumental in creating Edelman’s Covid-19 and Racial Justice Task Forces and helping businesses respond to the evolving social issues landscape. 
 
Prior to Edelman, Lisa held executive positions at APCO Worldwide, Ogilvy Public Relations, and FleishmanHillard. Lisa also served in the Clinton Administration as Communications Director for the Department of Labor, Deputy Director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission, and was a member of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.
 
Lisa devotes considerable amounts of time to her philanthropic endeavors, particularly her efforts to build a better Washington and empower the next generation of leaders.