Lisa W. Wardell

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

Lisa W. Wardell is the 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 one of two African American female Chief Executive Officers 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 Lowe’s 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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