About Lisa Powell Graham

Lisa Powell Graham is passionate about empowering women and girls to be leaders. 

Lisa is a political and strategic planning consultant, inspirational speaker, writer, and women’s empowerment and leadership coach. She is a proven visionary leader, with more than two decades of successes in campaign management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and community organizing. 

Lisa was part of Hillary Clinton’s paid presidential campaign staff in 2016, running a campaign office in Philadelphia, PA. 96% of Lisa’s ward voted for Clinton, and Lisa achieved 225+% on all of her personal campaign and GOTV (Get Out The Vote) goals. 

Lisa previously planned events for Hillary Clinton in Troy, New York when the former Secretary of State and First Lady was her U.S. Senator in New York. She also worked as a field organizer for Barack Obama in Virginia in 2008, when Virginia went blue for the first time in 44 years. 

Lisa served as part of the organizing committee for Emerge New York in 2017, when Emerge America organized a new affiliate in NY. Emerge America is the premier training program for Democratic women nationally, inspiring women to run and honing their skills to win. 

Lisa was a part of the organizing committee, a featured speaker, and a workshop facilitator at the first ever New York State Women’s Empowerment Conference and March in Albany, New York on January 12th and 19th, 2019. Lisa was also a featured speaker at the Seneca Falls Revisited Conference and Retreat organized by CREW (Civically Re-Engaged Women) in Saratoga Springs, NY in August 2019. Lisa has been a frequent keynote speaker, workshop leader, and guest lecturer at various colleges, both in the U.S. and India, since 1999.

Talk Description

The 21st century will be defined by the contributions and leadership of women. It’s time for women to lead the way globally. This talk will present a vision of what that could mean for the future of the world. I will provide a lightning-quick synopsis of progress for women in the 20th century, before launching into what obstacles still exist as we work towards gender equity globally. I will also delve into the neuroscience behind why women in particular are designed to be leaders, and provide a framework for how to overcome obstacles that have stood in the way of progress for women, until now. Of course, it’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and a good time to review both what has changed for women in the past 100 years and what remains the same, as well as to imagine what is possible in the next 100 years, through the power of women’s voices and votes. By smashing paradigms about what being a woman and what being a leader means, I aim to inspire TedX Albany attendees and all future online viewers with a breathtaking overview of what could be possible in the next century with women leading the way.