OECD Forum Series 2021 - Building a gender-equal recovery


Laura Liswood

Secretary General
Council of Women World Leaders


In August 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland located at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. In 2001, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and later became a senior advisor. Liswood’s professional experience includes CEO/President of the American Society for Training and Development, executive positions at the Boston Consulting Group, TWA, Rainier National Bank and Group W Cable. She consults globally on diversity and inclusion. After the events of September 11, 2001, she became a reserve police officer for the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department and recently retired as a sergeant. Liswood holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from California State University, San Diego. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.