Lisa Cuevas Shaw is a senior executive, consultant, and educator with more than 20 years of progressive leadership, strategy and business development, and operations experience across academic, educational, and professional publishing, digital products, and educational and professional programs and services. Specifically, she worked with SAGE Publishing for the majority of her career in senior leadership roles across SAGE’s academic Journals Division; Research Methods and Evaluation books program; College Division; and most recently, its Professional arm, Corwin Press. Across the varied roles she has held, she has been a transformative leader with a proven record of creating sustained value for mission-driven partners and organizations, where vision, strategy, and execution accelerate performance and social impact.
In her most recent role as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for SAGE and Corwin, Lisa was responsible for planning, executing, and reporting on the strategic vision and mission, operations, and financial results for numerous new publishing, digital, and service initiatives. During her tenure, she led Corwin’s transformation from a print publisher to a mission-driven, full-service professional learning organization, partnering with education leaders globally to develop, enable, and scale sustained system change. The organization tripled global revenues while increasing profitability; more importantly, the organization’s focus shifted from transactional relationships to transformational partnerships.
Lisa’s areas of specialization include organizational leadership, entrepreneurial and start-up leadership, change management, strategic planning and communications, partnership development, financial planning and management, research and development, digital strategy, mergers and acquisitions, program management, go-to-market product planning and launches, content acquisitions and development, RFP and grant development, public communications, and qualitative research.
Professionally and academically, Lisa is passionate about individual, team, and organizational leadership development, management excellence, and learning. Lisa teaches courses in organizational behavior and international management. Her current academic research applies systems theory, complexity theory, and sensemaking to the open science movement, exploring new connections across the literature that offer retrospective and future-oriented insights for leaders in this and related innovation spaces.