Full Name
Lisa Coleman, Ph.D.
Job Title
Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation
Speaker Bio
Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural senior vice president for global inclusion and strategic innovation. In this role, she works with senior leaders, internal stakeholders, external partners, and constituents to advance, promote, and build capacity for strategies for Global Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Access (Global IDBEA) and strategic innovation initiatives across NYU. This includes the New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi campuses, as well as NYU’s thirteen global sites,
and several global research centers. Dr. Coleman is also a faculty member at the NYU Stern School of Business and teaches at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Coleman has spent more than 20 years working with numerous educational, industry, healthcare, and governmental systems, and for-profit, and non-profit organizations. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, which is exemplified in her work, service, ongoing research, and educational training. Her early professional and research experience includes working with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc., as an independent computer and data analytics consultant, and as an
international organizational strategic consultant. Her collaborations with global stakeholders have spanned multiple areas, including but not limited to, the future of work, education, and emerging fields; developing research, harnessing innovation, and cultivating global talent across entrepreneurial markets; and cross-sector leadership and knowledge development.

Prior to NYU, Dr. Coleman served as the first chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president at Harvard University for almost a decade, where she and her team developed some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology, disability, and access. Before her appointment at Harvard University, she served as an administrator and faculty member at Tufts University and was later appointed to serve as the institution’s first global inclusion and diversity senior executive.

Dr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions, and honors, and sits on various national and international boards, including but not limited to, the USTA, UNCF-NY Leadership Board, GlobalEcoSystem, and Human Capital Institute (HCI) Boards. Dr. Coleman also advises and consults with C-Suite leaders globally on topics including, but not limited to 1) multi-sector global partnerships; 2) employing data analytics and digitization to leverage diverse cultures globally; 3) global resiliency and leadership (with a specific focus on C-suite) board engagement and development, and 4) development of organizational Global IDBEA curricula, reimagining research, and knowledge production with attention to cross/transgenerational collaboration and shifts across disciplines, fields, workstreams, and industries.

She earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from NYU, and three master’s degrees in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies from the Ohio State University. She also holds certificates focusing on legal theory and intercultural development and her undergraduate research foci were sociology, anthropology, and computer science. She loves to travel, is an avid photographer, gardener, cook, and soon to be (hopefully) pilot.
Lisa Coleman, Ph.D.