Lisa Osborne Ross, U.S. Chief Operating Officer for Edelman and President of Edelman’s Washington D.C. office, discusses the imperative of championing racial justice and bringing more diverse voices to the C-suite.
• Lisa Osborne Ross, U.S. Chief Operating Officer for Edelman and President of Edelman’s Washington D.C. office
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In this virtual “fireside chat,” Lisa Osborne Ross, U.S. Chief Operating Officer for Edelman and President of Edelman’s Washington D.C. office, opens up about her rise to the C-suite, her experiences serving in the role amid the unique challenges and environment of 2020, and her perspective on the imperative for organizations to champion racial justice and bring more diverse voices to executive leadership teams.
About Lisa Osborne Ross
Lisa Osborne Ross serves as Edelman’s U.S. Chief Operating Officer and leads Edelman’s Washington D.C. office as President. In this role, Ms. Ross is responsible for overseeing the firm’s U.S. operations and providing strategic oversight to its Washington office. She is known as an in-demand counselor to senior executives at Fortune 500, higher education, and government institutions.
Prior to Edelman, Ms. Ross served as Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s flagship office, after a 15-year career at Ogilvy Public Relations. Over her tenure at Ogilvy, Ms. Ross held several titles, including Founder of the Multicultural Practice, Head of the Public Advocacy Group and Practice, and Head of the Public Affairs Division. Prior to joining Ogilvy, Ms. Ross held several roles in the Clinton Administration.
Ms. Ross devotes considerable amounts of time to her philanthropic endeavors, particularly her efforts to build a better Washington and to empower women, and has served on numerous national boards, university boards and commissions.
Ms. Ross has received several awards including PRWeek Hall of Femme (2020), Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America (2019), Washington Women Who Mean Business (2018), PR Council Diversity Champion Award (2017), Marquette University Alumni of the Year (2012), Washington Life “Style and Substance” Award (2004), and the Washington PR Woman of the Year Award (2003).