Lisa Wardell


President and Chief Executive Officer, Adtalem Global Education

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Lisa Wardell is President and CEO of Adtalem Global Education. She is the only African-American female CEO in the Fortune 1000.

Prior to Adtalem, Wardell was Executive Vice President and COO for The RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company with portfolio companies in financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming. As COO, Wardell oversaw strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, operations and finance.

Wardell earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her law degree from Stanford. She earned her MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from Wharton School of Business.