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Lisa M.D. Owens

Founder and President
Training Design Strategies LLC

Lisa M.D. Owens

Lisa M. D. Owens is a learning expert who applies learning sciences and instructional design methodology to training programs that move businesses forward. During Lisa’s 30+ year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), she served as P&G’s leading training professional and dean of P&G’s R&D University. At P&G, she was a sought-after internal consultant for training design. She was well known for her skill as a coach for executive trainers, a skill she developed in response to P&G’s culture of leaders-as-teachers. Lisa designed a wide range of training at P&G which used a leaders-as-teachers approach, including General Manager College for two CEOs, and several corporate universities across organizations as diverse as public affairs, quality assurance, and research & development.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (’77 Georgia Tech), and Masters in Education (’96 University of Cincinnati). She joined P&G as an engineer in 1977 and shifting to training in 1992.

Lisa was the instructional designer for Boy Scouts of America’s youth leadership training (NYLT (2005), NAYLE, and Trainer’s EDGE). She continues her passion for developing youth leadership skills through China Capable Teens.

Lisa founded Training Design Strategies LLC in 2012 and consults with large and midsize firms on developing training strategies that advance the business. Lisa is co-author of the book Leaders as Teachers Action Guide (2014 ASTD Press). Additional publications include Corporate Learning 2: Lo start-up di uno Corproate University (2013, Italian, contributor), "Leader Trainers" in Leadership Excellence Magazine (2005) and several online articles on forming corporate universities.

She is on the advisory board for Ohio University’s instructional design certificate program, on the executive advisory board for the Greater Cincinnati chapter of ASTD, and she has served as a CorpU awards judge since 2010.