Lisa Kay Solomon


Lisa Kay Solomon

Managing Director of Transformational Practices at Singularity University

Lisa Kay Solomon is a well-known thought leader in design innovation with a focus on building the leadership skills required to ignite change and create lasting impact. Lisa is Principal Faculty and Managing Director of Transformational Practices at Singularity University a global community of smart, passionate, action-oriented leaders who want to change the world. In her work as an innovation advisor and scenario planner, she has worked extensively with executive teams from Citi Ventures, Herman Miller, Toyota Financial Services, the Kauffman Fellows Program for Venture Capitalists, PBS, ING Bank and the Wexner Foundation to bring innovation into everyday work and behaviors.
Lisa coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster) with Deloitte Partner Chris Ertel, which Publisher’s Weekly called “a guide every frustrated meeting-goer should read, with advice they should all implement.” In it, she provides leaders the tools and frameworks to create strategic conversations and design team meetings that shape the future of their organizations.
Her new book, Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation, will be available in September, 2016 from Wiley Publishing. She and her co-authors Patrick van der Pijl and Justin Lokitz provide a full set of design tools, strategies and practices that allow individuals and organizations to be more flexible and resilient in the face of constant change.
Lisa is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, design thinking and leadership at global conferences. She has taught at the revolutionary Design MBA program at California College of the Arts and has lectured at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia, among others. She has developed and led popular classes for Stanford d. School such as Networking By Design and Design With the Brain in Mind. She recently delivered a TEDx talk on her passion for innovation as a leadership practice and was co-host of the international Business Design Summit with Thinker50 Alexander Osterwalder.
A passionate educator, Lisa works extensively with K12 educators and school leaders. She is the Executive Producer of the Inspired4Schools conference, a design leadership program for educators, and is on the leadership committee for The Nueva School’s Innovative Learning Conference, a biennial gathering for trends related to the future of education.

Her articles and ideas have appeared in Forbes, Business Week, Medium, Inc., WSJ and the Huffington Post.
Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University – Stern School of Business. She resides in Menlo Park with her husband and two daughters. Join her and the conversation about leading innovation at

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