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Libra Consulting

Driving gender balance. Fueling business success.

Gender balance is about realizing the potential of the full workforce. It’s about diversity of perspective and great ideas. It’s about men and women sharing power and responsibility at work, and at home. It’s about fueling success.

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Lisa Levey, Founder

Lisa Levey has advised organizations ranging from Fortune 10 corporations to leading non-profits on women’s advancement and professional development. Libra Consulting helps organizations realize the underutilized potential of women by diagnosing the root causes of gender imbalance and addressing both structural barriers and attitudinal challenges.

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Key Principles of Gender Balance

  • Gender balance is the economically smart thing to do and the right thing to do.
  • Women and men are stronger together – in organizations, in communities, in families.
  • Gender balance is about men and women. Each must play a role.
  • Gender balance requires challenging fundamental assumptions and making adaptations in attitudes and behaviors, structures and practices.
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Meet Lisa, Our Founder

Lisa Levey has consulted to a marquee list of clients on women’s advancement, diversity and work-life issues for more than 20 years. Her goal has always been to help create work organizations where individuals can thrive – by honoring what is most important to them professionally and personally – and allowing them to unleash their passion and creativity to make their best contributions at work.

Lisa’s deep expertise in work life effectiveness directly influenced the development of our global policy and practices for workplace flexibility. 

Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to organizations actively working to realize the full potential of women.

Leslie Mays

VP Global Inclusion, Avon

Lisa has been instrumental in the New York City Bar’s diversity efforts since she was first retained by the City Bar in 2008 to lead our diversity benchmarking research.

I would recommend her as an experienced diversity consultant and researcher.

Gabrielle Lyse Brown

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, New York City Bar Association

I had the pleasure of moderating a webinar featuring Lisa … for the Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN). One thing that particularly impressed me about Lisa was her preparation.

I highly recommend Lisa as a speaker and presenter.

Heather Allen

Leadership Gifts Officer, Cornell University

The Libra Solution

In “The Libra Solution,” Lisa Levey weaves together:

  • Insights from consulting with companies on work-life integration and women’s development and advancement;
  • The voices of women and men as they succeed and struggle to “balance” work and life; and
  • Her own very personal story of living in a partnership marriage.
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Transforming Despair into Solutions: A Leader We Can All Be Thankful For

Every once in a while you come across someone who changes the way you think about the world. This amazing woman, this visionary leader, is one of those people. Imagine your 15 year old son – a terrific kid, a bookworm, a youth working to make his community a better place, a dreamer with the goal of being president someday – is needlessly killed in gun crossfire while simply walking down the street. How do you cope? What do you do with your intense anger and grief? Enduring the Unthinkable If you’re Tina Chéry, you channel those intense emotions into finding solutions and working to stop the cycle of violence. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a center for healing, teaching and learning for families touched by homicide and dealing with the accompanying trauma. The Peace Institute was named for Tina’s son Louis who was a 10th grader on route to a meeting – ironically for Teens Against Gang Violence – when he was hit by a bullet intended for a gang member. Tina and her family found there were virtually no resources available to help them manage the practical and emotional issues raised by homicide. They felt lost. They felt alone. They felt victimized all over again. She became determined to turn the power of her anger and pain into power for action and the Peace Institute was born. Launching the Peace Institute: Catalyzing Hope and Healing The Peace Institute is without peer in recognizing not only the pain and suffering of families who have lost a loved one to violence but also the pain and suffering... read more

Madame President: It Makes My Heart Soar

Madame President or Mrs. President, which should it be? We are on the cusp of developing a whole new vocabulary for describing the first woman to be the leader of the free world yet, there has been strangely little focus on just how historic this is. I know I share the sentiment of so many women, and men, in saying my heart leaps for joy thinking about uttering the words Madame President for the first time. I see three reasons why electing Hillary is so momentous. Competence prevails Women are regularly held to a higher standard than their male counterparts in proving they are qualified for a job. Studies document that while men are promoted and compensated for future potential, women are promoted and compensated for previously demonstrated competency. This election may be the ultimate example of this phenomenon in action. Hillary Clinton is among the most, if not the most, qualified person to ever be elected to the presidency. But Clinton is not just qualified, she is uniquely qualified to be both the next president and the first woman president. Hillary is qualified in the way the principal of my sons’ high school is qualified. Our principal grew up in my town, sent her children to the high school, taught at the school, was a dean at the school (four deans coordinate 2000+ students), served as assistant principal at the high school, and ultimately became principal. She is so fantastic at her job because her experience emanates from so many perspectives. She can appreciate the concerns of parents, the challenges of teachers, and the demands of administrators all... read more

Men Have Been Fighting for Gender Equality for More Than 30 Years: Let Me Introduce You to MERGE

In early 2015, a subject heading caught my attention while I was scrolling through email. I clicked on the message to find an announcement for an international conference on masculinity being hosted that spring in New York City. The conference name, and the subject line, read Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality. I am a long-term diversity consultant, having worked with organizations – primarily large corporations but also non-profits and educational institutions – to create more inclusive work cultures and to improve the mechanisms that distribute opportunity. I have done a great deal of work related to organizations developing and supporting women leaders, and it is typical for a company to have a male champion, often a senior leader, advocating for an organizational focus on gender diversity. But a whole conference devoted to men’s role? No. And use of the term gender equality, often perceived as highly-loaded? Seldom. How about including boys as part of the gender discussion? Never. A conference on engaging men and boys for gender equality? Sign me up! I attended the conference where over 700 people from across the globe filled the sessions over several days. The gender ratio at the conference was one of the first things I noticed. Participants for the vast majority of events related to gender diversity strongly skew female and gender studies majors at U.S. colleges and universities are overwhelmingly populated by young women. Yet I sat at the conference on the first day eating lunch with five males and as I looked at tables across the room, women were similarly in the minority. At the conference I met... read more

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