CEO and Co-Founder: Lisa McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy

CEO, Co-Founder

Lisa spent 25 years at prominent media companies Univision, Viacom and CBS leading sales organizations responsible for billions in revenue. Recognized as a people-first leader and change agent with significant commercial impact, Lisa was named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age and Crain’s New York “Business 40 Under 40.”  As a senior executive and mother of three, Lisa experienced first hand the onslaught of today’s workplace: aggressive targets, back-to-back meetings, frequent travel, non-stop emails. The result? Short term thinking, being reactive and playing it safe. Feeling like a passenger instead of a driver.  De-prioritizing personal commitments, thinking “this is what it takes to be successful.”

Lisa knew it could be different. In 2010, she started designing workshops for her team to thrive professionally and personally amidst the demands of the modern workplace. The feedback across the business was so positive that in 2012  she took an exciting and uncomfortable leap. She partnered with her childhood best friend, Wendy Leshgold – an executive coach and former advertising executive – to launch a business focused on creating a new kind of workplace: one where professional and personal success go hand in hand. The program they developed gets people to challenge limiting beliefs, think big and be intentional in their work and life. 

Lisa is also an in-demand public speaker. Audiences say her Declare a Bold Vision and Choose a New Story sessions, taken directly from Fast Forward, are provocative, life changing experiences. Known for her relatability, authenticity and candor – clients count on her to leave people inspired and in action.  

Lisa received her BA from Georgetown University. She lives an “overly fulfilled” life in Port Washington, NY with her husband and three children.


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