With a rare mix of creative talent and business acumen, Lisa is the founder of Intersect Studios, a Los Angeles-based international media and technology company. Her accomplishments in media and business have earned a variety of nominations and awards including the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Woman Making a Difference award, the Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, a Telly award, and a Cable Positive Award. Lisa delivers her signature mix of inspiration and humor as the host of her weekly podcast, Behind the Brilliance, where she shares musings on life and interviews smart, creative people about their lives and work. Between managing Intersect, writing and appearing in various projects, Lisa is currently producing an Australian documentary on race and identity, producing an American cable television show, and producing a multimedia travel project, GoBag with Colin Wright.
Lisa’s past ventures include her directing and producing The American Dream Revised, a digital docuseries that follows a diverse group of young entrepreneurs. The series was licensed to Procter & Gamble as a part of their multiplatform Rising Tide campaign with Russell Simmons. Lisa is also the creator, editor, and executive producer of The Legacy Letters, an anthology featuring 30 women writing letters to their younger selves. Lisa adapted eight of the letters into monologues for a live show and taping which was presented to a sold-out crowd in Hollywood in 2012. In addition to the Legacy Letters anthology, Lisa is the author of Divine Inspirations and a contributor to books such as End Sex Trafficking, Confessions of an Entrepreneur, and The Path Redefined.
She previously earned a NAACP Theatre award nomination for the stage play Deal Breakers, which she wrote, directed, co-starred in and co-produced. Her other work on camera includes Lifetime’s What Should You Do? and the Cable Positive award-winning film Walking on Sunshine. Expanding her reach to the stage, Lisa has spoken at national and international universities, conferences, and events including TEDx, UCLA, Google, USC, and South by Southwest (SXSW).
Lisa’s past business ventures include startups in technology, personal development, and original content. After launching her first company at 19 years old, she later started a for-profit social enterprise that reached more than 400,000 girls around the world with active programs in Liberia, England, Brazil, and the US.
Lisa holds a degree with honors in Business Law from California State University and completed additional entertainment business coursework at UCLA. In her spare time, Lisa can be found flying a Cessna 172, devouring a book, or campaigning for The Wire to win a retroactive Emmy. Lisa resides in Los Angeles.