Lisa Baird is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York, NY and Stamford, CT offices and leads the global Human Resources Officers Practice. She has more than 25 years of diverse management consulting, executive recruiting and human capital management experience across industry sectors. Lisa recruits CHROs and their direct reports including leaders of talent management, talent acquisition, total reward, diversity and inclusion, HR operations/shared services, learning and development, employee experience, and other critical HR leadership functions.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Lisa was chief human resources officer for Taconic Capital Advisors, a global alternative investment manager. Before that, Lisa was a partner with two different global executive search firms where she conducted executive searches for senior leaders in the financial services and not-for-profit sectors. Earlier in her career, Lisa led strategic planning for Fidelity Investments Institutional Retirement Services Company and was an engagement manager for McKinsey & Company. She began her career in real estate investment banking at Goldman Sachs.
In addition to her search work, Lisa conducts executive assessments and is an associate certified coach with the International Coaching Federation and a certified team accelerator coach. She is trained in a variety of assessment tools including Myers Brigg Personality Inventory, Hogan Assessments, FIRO-B, TTI Insights, H&S Leadership Accelerator Questionnaire, H&S Team Accelerator Questionnaire, and Saville Assessments.
Lisa is passionately committed to advancing inclusion and diversity alongside her clients. She is the former chair of the board of directors of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, whose mission is to transform the lives of people with disabilities. She is an investment committee director for ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Foundation). Lisa is the author of Heidrick & Struggles’ groundbreaking report, Disability and Leadership: Engendering Visibility, Acceptance and Support, and is co-leader of # HEID, Heidrick’s internal employee resource group for individuals with disabilities.
Lisa earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University, where she majored in public policy with a concentration in economics at the School of Public and International Affairs.