Wonder Woman in Business, Lisa Kaplowitz

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Lisa Kaplowitz

Co-Director - Rutgers Business School Women’s Initiative

Lisa is the Co-Director of Rutgers Business School Women’s Initiative and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School. She teaches undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA students the fundamentals of corporate finance, with a focus on applying these concepts to decisions typically encountered in corporations and investment banking. She earned the Dean’s Meritorious Teaching Award in 2018.  In addition, she provides career coaching and serves as faculty advisor for Women in Business and the Finance Alumni Network. In April 2019, Lisa launched the Rutgers Business School Women’s Initiative to create a thought leadership loop between industry and academia, with the mission of removing barriers and empowering women with confidence and expertise to succeed in a continuously evolving workforce.

Lisa began her career as an investment banker at Alex. Brown & Sons in the mid-1990s, covering financial institutions, and later moved to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she focused on retail and consumer products companies. She then transitioned to the company side, where she served as the Treasurer of Bed Bath & Beyond for 8 years, and subsequently, as CFO of various private equity-backed start-ups.   

Lisa later created Kaplowitz Advisory Group, LLC to support executives, at all stages of growth, with using finance to help direct corporate strategy and decision making.  Specifically, she helps companies with the tactics of strategic planning, including execution, implementation, alignment, prioritization of initiatives and measurement of effectiveness.  In addition, Lisa provides executive management assistance in all functional areas, including operations, finance, legal and supply chain management.

Lisa also serves on the Board and is Treasurer of PowerPlay NYC, a non-profit that uses sports to advance the lives of underserved girls, helping them growth emotionally, socially and academically stronger.

Lisa earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Brown and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  While at Brown, she was captain of the Women’s Gymnastics team, 4-year MVP, 4-year All-Ivy, 3-year Academic All-Ivy, 2-year all-ECAC and was inducted in the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. Lisa is a tireless advocate of women’s athletics and, in 2018, founded Brown Athletics W.O.M.E.N. (Women’s Opportunity, Mentorship & Empowerment Network).

Lisa resides in New Jersey with her husband and 2 sons, and enjoys traveling, skiing and anything active.

Lisa Kaplowitz


-RBS Executive MBA Women’s Leadership Panel

-Prudential Women’s Breakfast

-Argyle Media – Hosted Fireside Chat with CFO Girl Scouts – “Approaching Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures form Differing Arenas” – Part of Event titled” 2018 Leadership In Corporate Divestitures and Aquisitions”

-Bloomberg CEO Breakaway Summit – “Leveraging the Finance Department for Growth” -2017

- Career transition/transformation – How to disrupt your career?  Career innovation

- Who Am I?  Being comfortable with your corporate persona. 

- Empowerment

- Creating a movement

-Using your voice

- Making it Happen -  Moving from strategy/concept to execution

- Getting buy-in/resources (even if they are not technically yours)

-Networking (organically)

- Performance Management – Creating leading indicators to measure success. Motivating teams to aligned goals.



Lisa S. Kaplowitz

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Rutgers Business School


(917) 576-5150