Lisa McCarthy

CEO & Co-Founder of the Fast Forward Group, inspiring, top-rated speaker igniting women to dream big and see more as possible

Lisa McCarthy is the CEO and co-founder of the Fast Forward Group, a training and executive coaching company that gives people a proven approach to think big, manage stress and achieve success and fulfillment in their whole lives.

Fast Forward believes that when people are living their best lives, they do their best work.

Lisa is an in-demand speaker whose inspiring live and virtual sessions ignite audiences.

Her highly interactive Declare a Bold Vision and Choose a New Story sessions are provocative, life-changing experiences. Known for her relatability, authenticity and candor. Clients count on her to leave people inspired and in action.

Prior to starting Fast Forward, Lisa spent 25 years leading sales organizations at prominent media companies, including ViacomCBS and Univision. She experienced firsthand the toll of high-pressure, always-on workplaces where people feel professional success requires personal sacrifice.

She and co-founder, Wendy Leshgold, set out to challenge this belief and created the Fast Forward Group. Innovative companies of all sizes, including Amazon, TikTok, Google and JPMorgan Chase, use Fast Forward to transform culture, up-level talent, and accelerate business growth. Fast Forward is also a go-to resource for women’s empowerment and the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recognized as a people-first leader and change agent with significant commercial impact, Lisa was named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age and Crain’s New York “Business 40 Under 40.”

Lisa received her BA from Georgetown University. She lives an “overly fulfilled” life in Port Washington, NY with her husband and three children.

Two provocative, science-backed sessions:


What does extraordinary success look like one year from today?

Work today is an onslaught of emails, back-to-back meetings, high pressure and aggressive targets. It’s easy to lose sight of what matters, focusing on what’s in front of you instead of what will actually drive impact. It’s time to take ownership of your work and life. In this game-changing session participants will get a simple, science-backed exercise to play big and accomplish more of what is important – professionally and personally.


Negativity and cynicism are toxic for culture, teams, and professional development. Yet these forces invade today’s workplace, stifling growth and innovation. In this provocative, science-backed session, you will get a simple 3-step model to help transform negative stories that hold you back into empowering narratives that propel you forward. Learn the secret to reframing thoughts and leave with a tool to immediately improves confidence, relationships and resiliency.

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