Culture, COVID, and Consideration with Lisa Thee

In this episode, Alay and Lisa discuss: 

  • How COVID impacted men and women. 
  • Navigating the future of work authentically for employers and employees. 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. 
  • Refocusing on what builds you up, not what tears you down. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • COVID reduced women in leadership roles to levels from the 1980s. 
  • During the pandemic, we saw a smaller impact on men than on women in terms of added responsibilities. 
  • Hourly billing is going to be harder and harder to justify as AI and other technologies get more common. Now is the time to start experimenting with different billing models. 
  • Find your own path and build a legacy you can be proud of. You don’t need to suffer through every day and stuff down who you are inside. 

Tweetable Moments:

  • “Oftentimes, it’s marginalized groups that are more reliant on having the flexibility and freedom to work, how they need to work, when they need to work and are looking to be measured by their performance and the impact that they have in the organization not managed by their hours like a 1950’s assembly line model.” —  Lisa Thee
  • “Hourly billing has its place, and there’s a lot of value to it, but there’s also a lot of value to alternative billing and billing based on the value of the product you’re doing.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “We all put on our armor for work and we perform how we have to, but we’re humans at the end of the day. And if you’re not getting the support, and the nurturing that you need to thrive, as a leader, it shows up somewhere in your life.” —  Lisa Thee
  • “If you have that restless feeling that something’s just not quite right, or it’s just not sustainable, and you find yourself dragging and feeling like this just isn’t sustainable, I hope that you don’t stuff that feeling down, but you start to get curious about it.” —  Lisa Thee


About Lisa Thee:

Lisa Thee leads Launch Consulting’s Data for Good Practice, helping the world’s most innovative healthcare, and global technology companies to improve digital safety, and anti-toxicity, and apply AI/machine learning for innovation. As an entrepreneur was the CEO and Co-Founder of Minor Guard, an AI software company focused on making children safer online and in real life, and recently gave a TED Talk entitled “Bringing Light to Dark Places Online: Disrupting Human Trafficking using AI.” She is the Co-Author of Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for the Enterprise and host of the Navigating Forward podcast.

Lisa also currently serves as an advisory board member for Engineered Medical Solutions, Humaxa, Spectrum Labs, and Marketplace Risk. She is a Board of Director’s member for 3 Strands Global Foundation, a Human Trafficking prevention and reintegration-focused organization. She has been named to the 2021 Top Health and Safety Thought Leaders and Women in Business You Should Follow lists by Thinkers 360, and as one of the Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders Globally.


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