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Lisa Shalett is a Managing Partner & Head of Strategic Innovation at Brookfield Asset Management, a position she took after a year-long ‘retirement’ during which she advised startups and worked as an angel investor. Brookfield is an alternative asset management firm that focuses on long lasting investments in areas such as real estate. Lisa is an expert in the field of investment banking and financial services following her impressive 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, one of the largest investment banks in the world. At Goldman, Lisa held numerous positions including Global Head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy, managing the company’s brand during the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to entering the financial world, Lisa earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.  After she graduated from college, Lisa lived and worked in Japan. She got her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University a decision she made because of an incredible experience she had in high school when she lived in Japan with a host family who spoke no English. Lisa is an exceptional leader and strategic thinker who loves solving problems. Energized on life rather than caffeine, Lisa makes Time4Coffee to talk about everything from business school to what it’s like to work on Wall Street.


  • What an investment bank is and all the different opportunities it offers
  • How investment banking is much more than just the trading floor
  • Why learning a foreign language can be a superpower
  • How Lisa ended up working for a Japanese game show network as her first job out of college
  • How an Asian studies major ended up working for Goldman Sachs
  • How grit and determination helped Lisa break through early in her tenure at Goldman
  • Why someone with no formal background in media or marketing ended up heading Goldman’s brand during the 2008 financial crisis
  • If you want to learn more about how to break into the financial services and investment banking industry listen to T4C episode #115 w/ Lisa Shalett


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