Lisa W. Wardell

by Edward Cates
Lisa W. Wardell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Adtalem Global Education

Lisa W. Wardell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Adtalem Global Education.


Wardell was appointed to this role in 2016 and has been a member of Adtalem’s Board of Directors since 2008.


Wardell is the only African-American female Chief Executive Officer in the Fortune 1000. Prior to her current position with Adtalem, Wardell was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company with portfolio companies in the financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming industries.


Prior to joining The RLJ Companies, Wardell was a Principal at Katalyst Venture Partners, a private equity firm that invested in start-up technology companies in the media and communications industries.


Wardell serves on the Board of Lowes and Adtalem Global Education.


Wardell holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Law degree from Stanford Law School. She earned her Master’s in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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