Founder and CEOCompany: Prosperity Ready
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Re-engineering the Refugee Employment Life Cycle to Build a Robust Talent Pipeline to Fuel Twin Cities’ Growth (S6-I)
Lisa Perez is a visionary leader with over 25 years’ experience in human resources. Lisa understands business needs first and then creates human capital management strategies to solve our most critical talent issues. Lisa is the founder and CEO of Prosperity Ready, an organization that exists to develop the vast potential of immigrants to help solve our talent shortage crisis and enable organizations to reflect the communities in which they serve. Prosperity Ready has re-engineered the immigrant employment life cycle, which enables us to build skilled, robust and reliable talent pipelines. We work with private and public partners to connect diverse, ready now talent to best fit employers. Our process is unique because it systematically removes the barriers that exist across the entire life cycle, rather than focusing on one or two steps in the process.
Prior to founding Prosperity Ready, Lisa was the vice president of Talent Management for Buffalo Wild Wings where she was responsible for building the capabilities and programs the organization needed to identify, acquire, develop and retain talent to drive business success. Lisa has held human resources leadership positions in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, financial services, healthcare and consulting. She has worked in both Fortune 500 and privately held organizations including Accenture, GE Health Care, Kohl’s Corporation and Thrivent Financial. Lisa is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas, graduating magna cum laude as an Aquinas Honors Scholar with a B.A. in organization communication. She holds certifications in Executive Coaching and 360° feedback assessment. Lisa is the author of Chapter 1, Aligning Human Resources Strategy with the Business, from vision to execution, published in Learning Beyond the Classroom, Producing Competitive Business Results. She has been a guest presenter for the Ken Blanchard Companies, Women in Agribusiness, HR Executive Roundtable, M&A Executive Search, Minnesota Change Management Network and CentraCare. Lisa is a featured speaker for OnConferences, where she provides human resources thought leadership. Additionally, she focuses her community involvement on children, working with Feed my Starving Children, the Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest Charities and Simon Says Give. She is also a strong supporter and volunteer for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Wisconsin Chapter. Lisa lives in Chanhassen, MN., with her husband and son. She enjoys walking the beautiful trails in the Chanhassen area, as well as practicing yoga. Lisa is an avid reader, home chef, entertainer and gardener.