Lisa Davis | The Innovator 25 North America 2021

Lisa Davis

Senior Managing Director


Washington, DC

Hometown: Washington, DC

“We act as if our roles haven't evolved from the traditional to more overarching business/organizational/societal leadership."

Lisa Davis is a passionate business leader and shrewd strategic thinker who, in her year at Teneo, has made diversity & inclusion front and center for both Teneo and the comms industry. As co-chair of Teneo’s DE&I advisory, she helps shape the group’s work across a multitude of issues — advising on boardroom diversity, DE&I disclosure, and public policy — as well as establishing actionable steps and measurements that align with business and performance. Davis’ efforts also go beyond Teneo. She has focused on internal and external efforts in recruiting, inclusivity, pro bono work and forming strategic partnerships, driven by an unwavering belief that companies have to understand the needs — and benefits — of diversity and adapt accordingly.

Do you think the global pandemic has made the industry more innovative? If you would like, please elaborate on your response.
More innovative. Necessity is the mother of all sorts of actions.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of? 
Having positive societal impact in addition to business/organizational impact through my work with top health care, security, academic and governmental institutions.

We're at a pivotal moment on the future of the office and how we work. How would like to see 'office/work culture' evolve?
Continued acknowledgement and updated thinking on how personal needs and work needs should be equally addressed.

How can the PR industry make real progress in diversity, inclusion and equity?
Lead by actions and amplify the positive results. This industry is uniquely positioned to be a bold champion and megaphone.

What makes you most excited or proud to be part of the PR industry? 
We can, and often do, own the intersection of brand, reputation and business.  We can help improve lives and worlds.

What are your fears/concerns for our industry? 
That we act as if our roles haven't evolved from the traditional to more overarching business/organizational/societal leadership and/or we don't use our powers for good.

What inspires you? This could be a person, place, activity, etc.
I get inspired by standout and simple moments such as solving a challenge, learning about something intriguing, noticing how beautiful a day it is, etc.

What are you thinking about most these days? 
The future and how best to lead and/or navigate, professionally and personally.

What is your idea of happiness?
Anytime that I am smiling or laughing -- or eating candy.