Lisa Mikkelsen

A seasoned HR executive, Lisa is passionate about engaging with fintech founders on the topics of leadership, wellbeing, and talent management. At Flourish, she is Head of Global Human Capital where she architects the future of the firm’s distributed workforce and oversees its global HR strategy, its strong inclusive work culture and ongoing people development. She works across all facets of human resources strategy and people development on a global scale for Flourish as well as its portfolio companies helping align their business goals with people development, remote collaboration, and company culture and strategy.

Recruited for the founding team of Flourish Ventures, Lisa was instrumental in creating and building the culture of the rising early-stage global fintech venture capital firm that backs mission-driven entrepreneurs. Prior to Flourish, she helped build the Human Capital team at Omidyar Network for 8 years. She started her career recruiting and developing teams for two high-growth Silicon Valley startups. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Human Development from UC-San Diego.

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[TechCrunch] Flourish Ventures, a ‘fintech venture fund with a purpose,’ secures $350M in new capital
Flourish Ventures, an early-stage venture firm investing exclusively in fintech companies in the U.S. and in emerging markets, has secured $350 million in fresh capital, TechCrunch is the first to report.
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[Startup Success] Making Founder Mental Health & Well-Being a Priority & Why It is Important
Startup founders are some of the most committed, hardworking, innovative people in the world. But even in the best of times, they exist in a pressure cooker. And the relentless stress can sometimes lead to...
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[Conscious Entrepreneur] Hard-Headed, Soft-Hearted
"How are venture capital firms redefining their role to support both business performance and founder well-being?"
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[Flourish Conversations] What Investors Need to Know About Empathy
Empathy is in short supply these days and founders who are dealing with stress and anxiety can feel particularly isolated and unsupported.
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[PitchBook] Prioritizing founders' mental health could pay off for VCs
Mental health has rarely been discussed in the venture capital community but the issue has garnered more attention recently, particularly among startup founders finding themselves under increased pressure in the current downturn.
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[Inc.Africa] Founders Must Prioritise Mental Health
Entrepreneurial journeys are challenging. There are peaks of extreme happiness and moments of utter despair. Inc.Africa has been on its startup journey and frequently writes about emerging entrepreneurs, so I wanted to understand an investor’s...
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[Built In] Is Your Board Strong? 5 Ways for Founders to Tell.
As the fundraising landscape shifts from boom times to a more challenging environment, the pressure is ratcheting up on founders.
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[Founder Mental Health Series] How Investors Can Positively Impact Founders’ Mental Well Being?
Check out our Flourish Conversation with Nektarios Liolios, serial entrepreneur & mental health advocate, as we explore the rise of entrepreneurship, the global mental health crisis & tools to improve founder well-being.
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[TechCrunch] Capital crunch shines light on the importance of founders’ mental health
Mental wellness goes hand-in-hand with innovation and success. For investors then, this needs to be a focus of investment, as risk exposure is also in the wellness of the founder.
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[Founder Mental Health Series] What to Know About the State of Founders’ Mental Health
In our recent Flourish Conversation on founder mental health, we sat down with Dr. Michael Freeman to discuss what drives entrepreneurs, the magnitude of the pressures they’re facing and how to build resilience.
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A CEO’s Strongest Support System May Be Found in Other CEOs
The third entry in our founder wellness series explores advisors and CEO peer groups – informal communities where founders can be honest and get honest feedback. Guiding a company through a pandemic and an uncertain...
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