Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Lisa Nicole Wilkerson

Lisa Nicole Wilkerson is a public speaker, voiceover artist and Broadway actor, who most recently portrayed the role of Anna Gordy in the smash hit Motown: The Musical. Lisa served as dance captain and fight captain in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (starring Audra McDonald and David Alan Grier), winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. For her role, she won the Fred and Adele Astaire Award for “Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show.” Additional highlights of her performance career include: the Broadway production of The Lion King; the national tours of The Lion King, playing the role of Nala, and Mamma Mia!, playing the role of Ali; the off-Broadway and regional theater productions of Purlie at City Center ENCORES! and Pasadena Playhouse (starring Blaire Underwood and Loretta Devine, respectively), Once on This Island, playing TiMoune at The Gallery Players Theater, River Deep: Tribute to Tina Turner at Playwright’s Horizons, and Godspell playing Robin at St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where she received a Woody King Award nomination for best actress in a musical for her performance.

As a voiceover artist, Lisa has been the principal voice or narrator in national and regional ad campaigns for television, radio and new media for such companies as Ford, AT&T, Stop & Shop, Children’s Flonase, the hit video game Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as a variety of audiobooks.

As a public speaker, Lisa is passionate about empowering others, and often speaks from her signature platform “Everything You Need You Already Have, and Everything You Have is Good Enough.”® She has had the privilege of speaking at conferences, schools and arts centers, from New Brunswick, N.J., to Orlando, FL. For the international Learning 2012 Conference, where General Colin Powell gave the keynote address, Lisa had the unique honor of being a featured speaker, as well as the opening act, singing two selections. She has, also, served as a storyteller both in Boston for a “Horizons for Homeless Children” fundraiser (that far surpassed their goals), and in New York City for the launch of the national bi-partisan initiative titled Opportunity Nation, at the historic Apollo Theater.

Lisa was a co-founder of the not-for-profit organization Broadway in South Africa (currently on hiatus). It gave Broadway performing artists opportunities to use their talents for positive change, by helping to instill life skills through arts education, for
aspiring South African youth and young adults in need.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Lisa received a bachelor of science in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and then worked at a top public relations firm before pursuing a career in the performing arts.

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