Lisa Kepinski

Lisa Kepinski

Principal Consultant



Lisa brings over 20 years’ experience working in diverse, global environments in HR functions of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Staffing, and Learning & Development, in addition to PR/Communications. Lisa has been a senior Global Diversity & Inclusion executive with AXA, Microsoft, & Hewlett-Packard setting strategic direction internationally. In 2013, Lisa founded, and is the CEO of, the Inclusion Institute focused on consultancy, training, coaching & research. Her special expertise in organizational development integrated with inclusive culture make her a unique resource for change at all levels, from the individual to the systems level. Lisa brings deep content expertise in strategic HR and diversity & inclusion, effective strategies for engaging executive leaders, and approaches to collaborate with key partners. Over her years in global multinationals, she has internally led many significant global culture change initiatives, such as start-up of new D&I functions; turn-around of stalled initiatives; culture integration post M&A activity; design and roll out of agile work programs; transition from outsourced recruiting model to in-house model; design and delivery of new leadership curriculum; launching PR strategy; and many more. She now partners with organizations on how to successfully achieve their goals for creating a more inclusive culture for sustainable business growth.

Lisa is a key thought leader in the field of D&I, frequently speaking at conferences, training & coaching new D&I practitioners, and advising organizations on their culture change strategy. Some of her recent work has been on how to take D&I programs global, on gender balance strategies, on unconscious bias & ‘Inclusion Nudges’. Lisa has been for years on the advisory boards of Catalyst Europe and WIN, was a founding member of a European-based Global D&I Network (now at 60+ D&I heads from multinationals), & has been a faculty member for the Conference Board’s D&I Academy teaching new D&I leaders. Lisa is currently co-authoring (with Tinna Nielsen) a book on ‘Inclusion Nudges’, writing culture change articles, forming an interdisciplinary D&I Think Tank, and conducting a study of D&I practitioners’ change strategies and a study on effective external events engagement strategies.

Lisa has lived in 5 countries and travelled extensively in her global roles. She was born and educated in the US (with degrees in Social Psychology and Socio-Linguistics), has worked in Europe for nearly 15 years, and lives in Germany and the US with her husband, Pawel, and her two teenage daughters, who are originally from Poland.

In Her Own Words

What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Partner to create inclusive organizations

What song gets stuck in your head most often?
Oh so many songs, it depends what’s going on. Lately, its been these two songs: “We No Speak Americano” (the electronic 2010 version) and “Parole Parole” (by Mina)…but what I hear is the song in the background and remembering times when my children were singing the songs.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had (before Cook Ross)?
Cleaning out an attic of a long-disused building in Wiesbaden, Germany.  So many dead pigeons….

What is your dream travel destination?
Just get in a car and go … taking small roads.  No pre-planning.  Stopping whenever something interesting comes along.

What’s the best advice you ever got?
In the absence of information, don’t assume.  Keep seeking.

Tell me about the happiest you’ve ever been.
Arriving to Warsaw Airport very early on Easter Sunday 2002 to re-join my husband, Pawel, and our newly adopted two daughters.  I was smiling the entire 16 hour flight.  I came through the arrivals door and there was Pawel with two little girls sitting side by side on a blanket on a luggage trolley, smiling, and holding Easter eggs.  Anya kept touching my face and saying “Mama”.  Camila was smiling and bouncing her legs. That was an incredible moment, when we were for the first time all together “officially” as a family.

What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy afternoon?
Cooking and also reading a good book

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
A bird…able to fly high and scan the landscape as a whole and then able to dive in on the important details