Lisa Salley’s family tree is loaded with generations of educators who pushed for equal quality education, prior to and since Brown v. Board of Education. She is a product of the Philadelphia Public School System and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls.
Ms. Salley is a trained and credentialed metallurgical engineer and senior business executive, who currently advises Arduro on its intellectual property, product strategy and commercialization. Arduro is a cleantech, materials science company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes recycled carbon black. Ms. Salley has spent her career in corporate America leading global strategy and operations in Energy, Specialty Chemicals and Emerging Technologies, which includes officer-level roles at General Electric (GE), Underwriters’ Laboratories, and the American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, she is an angel investor and advises advanced stage start-ups, especially those that close diverse economic gaps.
Lisa has taught growth and risk management in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program since its inception in Philadelphia and at Babson College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical and materials engineering and a Master of Science degree in simulation and modeling of manufacturing systems from Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively.
Ms. Salley also sits on the Advisory Alumni Council of the Materials Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, serves as the Vice President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and sits on the board of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an avid reader, a chaplain focused on supporting families impacted by dementia, and a genealogist.
Although her career has literally taken her all over the world, Ms. Salley has never lost sight of the community or her desire to create paths that help sustain future generations and help close generational wealth gaps. She believes that all students must have an education that prepares them to be global-minded citizens who embrace technology to live their personal dreams and make positive impacts on society.