Lisa Walker MD of Leadership Capital Advisors - Kovler Diabetes Center

Lisa Walker-Rudnick

Lisa Walker Rudnick is the Managing Partner, Global Industrial Practice at DHR International, one of the largest retained executive search firms in the world.

Prior to joining DHR International, Lisa served as the Founder and Managing Director of Leadership Capital Advisors, a boutique retained executive search firm, where she was responsible for building revenue and infrastructure as well as managing entrepreneurial growth. Previously, Lisa was a Senior Partner with Korn/Ferry International and a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles. At Korn/Ferry, Lisa initiated, built and led the Global Sustainability practice, including co-authoring white papers, driving brand positioning, and delivering incremental revenue in new markets. She repeated the practice development when she initiated the Global Agribusiness practice. Lisa has experience leading general management and key functional searches for clients seeking marketing, strategy, business development, technology and operations expertise. She specializes in commercialization roles and has built her reputation identifying talent with an emphasis on performance, potential, and culture fit.


Prior to entering executive search, Lisa was with BP Amoco, Air BP, as Chief Marketing Officer for the international jet fuel business. Lisa has also served as Director of Marketing Strategy for Amoco, where she developed the retail service station strategic plan resulting in an integrated business strategy for gasoline, convenience store, auto repair, quick serve restaurant, and site real estate. She led special projects to deliver a new small lot convenience store model, market-specific operating plans, product slate management, and channel strategies.


Earlier in her career, Lisa served as a Management Consultant with Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney in strategy, marketing and operations in their Chicago offices. Lisa began her career as an Engineer at Honeywell Corporation, working in design and manufacturing with Honeywell’s solid state electronics division in Colorado Springs and Minneapolis.


Lisa earned her Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Lisa has been honored by The White House as “a Champion of Change for her outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling, and training.” She serves on the Board of the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Cornell University Engineering College Council, the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center, and the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago.


Lisa and her husband live in Chicago and have five darling and very independent children.