Cathy Carlisi, C'89, Purpose-driven Leadership

Cathy Carlisi

Cathy Carlisi serves BrightHouse (a BCG Company) as President, The Americas. She will share her experience and what she thinks is most critical for leaders today and in the future. She'll also guide us through an exploration of purpose. Cathy has gone piranha fishing in the Amazon, survived a 150km two-day bike race with a night camping at the Jack Daniels distillery, and got married in Rome with a Papal Blessing. But she considers helping to pioneer the Purpose movement her most thrilling challenge. Shortly after BrightHouse was founded, Cathy joined and has invested twenty years convincing skeptics that meaning matters. In the process, she helped grow BrightHouse’s processes, products, frameworks and staff into the premier Purpose consultancy. She has led seminal work that’s driven deep positive societal impact across geographies and industries. Cathy began her career in advertising, winning awards at top tier agencies including Carmichael Lynch and Fallon. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Sewanee with majors in English and Art, and she was a member of the Society of Wilkins’ Scholars and Omicron Delta Kappa. After Sewanee, she attended the Portfolio Center for writing and art direction and spent two years studying poetry. Cathy is a nationally published poet, painter, and shares her love for family and friends through abundant Italian cooking.
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