Laura Liswood

Author, The Loudest Duck, Moving Beyond Diversity

In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, composed of women presidents and prime ministers. From 2001-2015, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and became a Senior Advisor. From 1992 – 1996, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, chronicled in her book and documentary, Women World Leaders Liswood’s professional experience includes line management in Fortune 500 companies. After the events of September 11, 2001, Liswood became a reserve police officer in Washington DC for 13 years and recently retired as a sergeant. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Her latest book, The Loudest Duck challenges traditional workplace diversity efforts and provides strategies to create inclusive workplaces.