Lisa Johnson aka Corporate Cowgirl

One day when I was speaking to a group of mostly CEO’s and HR leaders, I shared my experiences of ‘reining in compliance’, and ‘bronco riding human behavior’ to constructively corral some ‘bull headed’ folks while working ‘the mean HR streets and corporate rodeos of Silicon valley and San Francisco.’

And it was then, as I saw these tongue in cheek descriptions deeply resonate with the audience, that I fully realized how much HR executives and CEO’s share in common:

They are mavericks with mutual goals and challenges…

They are hard working challenge rough riders in the best sense…

They apply a lot of effort to corralling their companies into the highest level of success they can…

In a few words…they are  Corporate Cowgirls/Cowboys.

Every day they and their teams jump into the proverbial rodeo and ride through the obstacles of protecting company revenue along with employee satisfaction, applying employer compliance and regulations, all while balancing this to critical company business goals. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They rein in revenue as they tame policy and regulations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They carefully corral their culture.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They innovate to get the brightest corporate belt buckle they can.                                                                                                                                                                     

And given the challenges of our chosen professions, I think it’s important to acknowledge it takes spirit and experience to advocate with lassos of emotional intelligence and authentic words of persuasion to be a successful leader.

In fact:

I think it takes a really strong spirit…a Corporate Cowgirl or Cowboy.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

And As YOUR Corporate Cowgirl: I strive to illuminate, educate, problem solve,                          and entertain in equal measure.

have over 18 years of  successful HR experience and am passionate about my profession. 

I have served as a Vice President of HR partnering with globally recognized high tech and social media companies, in addition to start ups and medium sized organizations.  

From hgh tech, creative, retail, non-profit, manufacturing, finance, administrative; these are but a few industries I have had the pleasure of helping. 

And true to my moniker, when not working, you will find me happily astride my trusty American Saddlebred steed Dante (yes, that’s him in the picture), galloping in the California hills…And thinking up new ways to be a great Corporate Cowgirl for your organization.




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