Lisa Warshaw

Lisa Warshaw, MBA

Ed Tech Entrepreneur, Former head of Wharton’s Communication Program, and Management Communication Consultant

About Lisa

Lisa Warshaw is the founder of the ed-tech company Peer Exchange, a communication teacher, and consultant. She began her career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. and Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia, before moving to the University of Pennsylvania. As the director of Wharton’s Communication Program, she taught, developed, and directed the growth of persuasive speaking and writing courses in Wharton’s required curricula for undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD students, including courses and workshops in a wide range of communication topics. Warshaw has taught in over 30 different Wharton Executive Education programs.

During her career at Wharton, Warshaw won many teaching awards, including the Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award, the Core Curriculum Teaching Award, and the Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award. She also received other student-selected awards, some of which she won multiple times, such as the “Whatever it Takes” Award and the “Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Award.

While at Wharton, she developed and patented a concept aimed at increasing and improving online learning engagement, leading to the creation of Peer Exchange. This company, which licenses technology from the University of Pennsylvania, was an early adopter of using ChatGPT to help learners give more effective feedback.

Warshaw’s teaching is enriched by her extensive experiences in over 20 countries, providing her with insights into cultural influences on business and communication practices. Her international work experience includes establishing an international trade finance division at Macquarie Bank and working in roles related to trade finance in Asia, Europe, West Africa (Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Gabon), and the U.S. at Chase Manhattan Bank. She has worked in the Bureau of Statistics in Washington D.C. at the IMF and held consulting and teaching roles at for-profit and nonprofit entities in various regions including the Middle East, Central Asia, the Baltics, and the Caribbean.

Warshaw earned a BA with honors in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Executive Education Programs Taught

People Management for Emerging Leaders

This program offers a practical approach to the basics and more challenging aspects of assuming a supervisory position. Explore hiring and retention, succeeding through others’ success, managing difficult team contributors, legal and ethical issues, project management, handling interpersonal conflicts, motivating your people day to day, and more. People Management for Emerging Leaders is the ideal introduction or refresher for all those entrusted with leading a team to success.