Lisa Chan is the Director of Global Treasury for Airbnb and Treasury Today’s 2022 Woman of the Year recipient. Based on the US West Coast Lisa works for an organisation that, doubtlessly, most of us will be familiar with and that specialises in offering home stays and lodging through a technology platform that connects hosts with guests across the world.
As an Asian American woman in the workplace, Lisa understands the struggle within most corporations as they seek to address issues of diversity, inclusion and gender equality and to address a lack of representation at the most senior levels. She is described by those who work with and for her as a modest and humble leader within her organisation and within the field of treasury. Lisa’s commitment to having a diverse and inclusive team connects to her conviction that this in turn leads to a most robust, dedicated and creative staff.
Thinking outside of the box during hiring practice is something that Lisa has specifically chosen to focus on. Looking beyond mere qualifications in her search for innate talent, Lisa believes in giving people a chance. In order for treasury to become more diverse, Lisa believes that hiring outside of the usual avenues should become a more routine practice. Knowing what to look for when hiring people and understanding how to approach this as a leader is an essential skill of the modern treasury leader, like Lisa.
In the early days of Lisa’s career, she was mentored by a colleague around career opportunities and personal growth, and Lisa remains a committed mentor. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Asians@ employee affinity group at Airbnb, a group that is dedicated to fostering a community amongst the Asian employee population by hosting events and mentoring.