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Leadership Louisville Center names director of learning

Will be responsible for crafting curriculum

Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2016) — Lisa Buckley Zangari has been named director of learning for the Leadership Louisville Center. She will be responsible for crafting curriculum and leading efforts to expand the center’s regional footprint as a destination for high quality leadership training and talent development.

Lisa Buckley Zangari
Lisa Buckley Zangari

“We’re thrilled to see the interest and investment of regional businesses in our Leadership Green Room, which prompted us to accelerate our timeline for building this new arm of the center,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of Leadership Louisville Center. “Having spent more than 12 years on the front lines of innovation, Lisa brings a unique blend of business savvy and human-driven change management, invaluable skills not only for the center, but for the businesses and leaders that we serve.”

Before joining the Leadership Louisville Center, Zangari spent nine years at ?What If! Innovation Partners in New York City. While there, she partnered with Fortune 500 executives and their teams to build innovation capability, develop new products/services, launch internal start-ups and nurture more creative corporate cultures. As the global account leader for several clients, she worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and across North America.

She designed and led numerous leadership development programs for companies such as AARP, American Express, AT&T, Citibank, Hasbro, Independence Blue Cross, Pfizer and The Hershey Company. This included taking leaders behind the scenes of some of the world’s most innovative organizations—Facebook, Google, Southwest Airlines—and helping them apply what they learned back in their own organizations. She also spearheaded What If NYC’s social innovation practice with clients such as Acumen, Future Generation Foundation of Egypt and (RED).

Her innovation career started at Saatchi & Saatchi where she worked with iconic brands and retailers, such as P&G and Walmart, to reinvent the shopping experience. She has an MBA from Texas A&M University and degrees in psychology and theatre.