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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Podcasts
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[The Future Farm] Emma Obanye On The Ugly Reality of Exiting a Startup Copy
About the Episode In this NAKED podcast episode, our hosts Nektarios, Vladimira, and our guest, Emma, explore the complex emotions and challenges that came up for her after exiting a startup. They discuss the importance...
News
featured
[The Financial Revolutionist] Can VCs and founders hustle more responsibly?
By Emmalyn Shaw and Lisa Mikkelsen, Flourish Ventures After two trying years of market over-correction, many fintech founders—even those who built profitable, impactful companies—are nearing a personal breaking point. According to a 2024 survey by...
Blog
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Opinion: Successful startups are led by healthy founders
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re launching the Flourishing Founders section on our site. At Flourish, we want founders to thrive, along with their companies. The page collects resources for company leaders and...
News
founder wellness
[Harvard Business Review] How to Become a More Empathetic Listener
When the subject of how to be a good listener comes up, psychologists often talk about the value of “perspective-taking” — that is, projecting ourselves into the lives of those we’re listening to.
Podcasts
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[The Future Farm] Emma Obanye On The Ugly Reality of Exiting a Startup
About the Episode In this NAKED podcast episode, our hosts Nektarios, Vladimira, and our guest, Emma, explore the complex emotions and challenges that came up for her after exiting a startup. They discuss the importance...
News
founder wellness
Groundbreaking Study Shows Links Between Founder Health And Performance in Brazil
We collaborated with Endeavor Brazil for a groundbreaking study called Health and Performance of High Impact Entrepreneurs.
Podcasts
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[The Future Farm] Lottie Unwin On Breaking Down and Integrating Wellbeing into The Founder Life
Join Vladimira, Nektarios, and Lottie as they discuss breakdowns, strategies for getting better and integrating wellbeing into the demands of a founder’s life.
Podcasts
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...
Podcasts
conscious entrepreneur
Hard-Headed, Soft-Hearted
"How are venture capital firms redefining their role to support both business performance and founder well-being?"
Events
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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