Episode 66


For the final episode of this season of Advancing All Women, our former CEO Sarah Alter welcomes NextUp’s new President and CEO, Lisa Baird! In this candid conversation, Sarah and Lisa will discuss the ins and outs of working as a CEO, the succession and transition process, and tips for preparing for your next big role.

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Lisa Baird

CEO and President, NextUp

Lisa Baird is a proven leader across private and non-profit sectors where she has been instrumental in building some of the world’s most iconic brands and sports properties. Her diverse marketing, communications and sales expertise spans sports, media, technology, healthcare, consumer and automotive. She has a demonstrated track record of revenue and profit growth. Lisa currently serves on the board of Cantaloupe (NASDAQ: CTLP), a leading provider of technology for self-serve commerce. Her previous board service includes Fox Racing (acquired by Vista Outdoor), GK Elite, the International Hall of Fame of Tennis, and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Saran Alter CEO of NextUp

Sarah Alter

Former CEO and President, NextUp

Sarah Alter joined NextUp in 2017. She successfully expanded the scope of NextUp’s mission to include Advancing All Women, and grew NextUp to be the largest non-profit of its type, with over 17,000 members representing over 900 organizations, 21 regions, and over 300 national and regional corporate partners.

She has also served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. She also serves on the for-profit boards of the Illinois State Advisory Lottery Board and the Maverick Digital Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

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