Lisa Taylor is a trail blazer intent on challenging outdated career thinking. Her work is focused on the Future of Work and key trends that are impacting workplaces and workforces.
As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on how demographics, the freelance economy and new market dynamics present organizations and individuals with opportunities to gain strategic advantage.
Lisa is the author of “Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business”, a unique playbook published by CERIC and designed for the busy Canadian business owner, as well as a second book to be published by University of Toronto Press (UTP-Rotman imprint) in 2017 with a working title of “The Talent Revolution”.
With an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Lisa was a senior consultant with Deloitte and held Practice Lead, National Managing Principal and Global Team roles with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada's Top 100 Women for her work in the areas of leadership, employment and city building. Lisa is a Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association Board Member and a Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
Lisa is a sought after expert, speaker and columnist—the go-to resource for helping companies recognize and adapt to changing career timelines and demographic composition. Her clients and audiences rely on her invaluable insights and real world know-how. Indeed, Lisa’s expertise is widely recognized and regularly cited in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Sun Media, CBC, Zoomers Media, Rogers and other North American media sources.
Industry Expertise (7)
Professional Training and Coaching
Areas of Expertise (27)
Work and Employment
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Research & Analysis
Hr & Talent Management
Military Transition Back to Civilian Life
Gen Y Workforce
Top 100 Women in Canada (professional)
Recognized by Women in Leadership, part of the Urban Land Institute. Top 100 Women in Canada for leadership in employee and community building.
Outstanding Career Leader of the Year (professional)
Top award given by Career Professionals of Canada to a single leader from the field who has influenced the sector. Peer evaluated.
Queen's University: BA (Honours), Political Studies 1996
Schulich School of Business, York University: MBA, Strategic Management and Public Management 1998
- Board Member, Dean's Advisory Board, G. Raymond Chang School, Ryerson University
- Board Member, Canadian Special Operations Regiment Association
Media Appearances (4)
Small Business Employee Retention
CBC Ottawa radio
Interview on Ottawa Morning discussing research with small and medium size business owners that led to the my new book: Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business. Unscripted discussion with host and 1 other guest.
Canadians are working longer and retiring later
The National, CBC TV tv
Story includes me leading a workshop and also being interviewed on the topic of living and working longer.
Companies Tap Alumni for New Business and New Employees
Wall Street Journal print
Provided background for the story as well as quotes and connections for others the journalist could interview.
Roundtable led by Conrad Black and Denise Donlon
Zoomer Media tv
Unscripted roundtable discussion about trends in work, longevity and the aging workforce. Discussed employment, entrepreneurship and demographics in front of a live audience.
Event Appearances (4)
The Uberfication of Careers
Cannexus 2017 Ottawa, ON
Global Workplace Demographic Trends
Encore.org Conference San Francisco, CA
Fixing Your Broken Talent Escalators
Workforce OneStop, Conference Board of Canada Toronto Ontario
Legacy Careers and Canada's Demographic Opportunity
Canadian Association of Gerontologists National Conference Vancouver, BC
- Workshop Leader
- Corporate Training
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