Inspiring and influencing individuals to
intentional action.

Leading Audiences Through Learning Experiences

My authentic and transparent style is a combination of my in-depth knowledge, credibility, confidence, humility, grace, and humor. I am all about inspiring and influencing individuals to action, not just awareness.  

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Sample Speaking Engagements

  • Networking: Maximize Your Memberships
    The University of North Texas, Beta Alpha Psi, National Association of Black Accountants and ALPFA
  • Ascend Talk 2.0: The Power of Wishing Out Loud
    Closing Keynote: Ascend National Convention, Houston, Texas
  • Next Level Leadership, Building and Sustaining Relationships, Work Life Choices
    Ascend North Texas Executive Coaching Series
  • Winning the Fight for Female Talent
    US Women’s Bureau

Additional Speaking Topics

  • Executive Presence Panel Discussion
  • The Art of Networking
  • Interview with Impact
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Bridging Cultural Differences
  • Authentic Leadership Insights
    Lisa has spoken on this topic at: Texas A&M Commerce downtown, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of North Texas, and Penn State University
  • Five D&I Leadership Strategies for EACH of Us
  • CEO Action: Conversations of Understanding
  • Mitigating Unconscious Biases

What Lisa’s clients say.

Lisa Ong delivered an impactful keynote address at the 2017 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair. The Ascend Talk of 800+ attendees encompasses early career professionals, mid-level professionals, and C-Suite Executives.Read more It was one of the top-rated sessions with comments that Lisa was inspiring, genuine, relatable, and memorable.  I highly recommend her for speaking engagements on a national level or to a broad professional/executive audience.Close

Katherine Lee,
National Director, Business Development, Ascend

Lisa’s talk (at PMI Dallas April dinner meeting) on authentic leadership and the power of “wishing out loud” was quite memorable. I personally enjoyed the practical tips and thought provoking questions she shared during the talk.Read more She SHOWED us what it’s like to be authentic and garner the respect of others. She drove home the message that the primary goal of a leader is to groom and discover leaders -rather than have “followers”. She shared a framework, mindset and guiding principles which I particularly appreciated. This is especially important for authenticity as the common misperception is “do this and you’ll be a leader”, which couldn’t be further from the truth. On a larger scale, the session was very well-attended, well-received and highly rated.Leadership is such a timeless and timely topic and I appreciated Lisa’s depth of knowledge and expertise on the subject. I would never hesitate to recommend Lisa as a coach, mentor, speaker or a guest. The impact of her talk was remarkable, you will never think of “leadership” the same.Close

Khlood Elsayed,
Former PMI Dallas VP of Operations


COVID-19’s Impact on the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Workforce
Kanarys recently had an informative conversation with Lisa Ong, president and founder of Wishing Out Loud LLC, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will likely continue to have, on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workforce.


Dreaming Big And Wishing Out Loud with Lisa Ong
Do you secretly wish for things but don’t know how to get them? Meet our guest, Lisa Ong, who shares the power of dreaming big and wishing out loud. Lisa Ong is widely known as a “talent gardener” and “inclusion connector”. Lisa is an…

Beyond Barriers – Episode 26

Supporting AAPI talent in May and beyond – Journal of Accountancy podcast

Journal of Accountancy – May 20, 2021

ATD DE&I Podcast: Lisa M. Ong on Fostering Belonging for AAPI Employees

Association for Talent Development (ATD) DE&I Podcast – May 17, 2021

Power Leadership Forum Highlight Reel

Orchid Giving Circle – Power Leadership Forum – July 2021

How Inclusive Leaders Do More Through Meaningful Connections

You Can Manage That – September 21, 2022

Intentional Conversations with Dr. Nika White – October 21, 2022

The Art of Wishing Out Loud with Lupe Prado

Paid Vocation

5 Things in 15 Minutes: Bringing Good Vibes to DEI

Equality Institute – December 6, 2022

Beyond the Page ~ Changing the Lens

Choice Magazine – January 17, 2023

Living Fabulously Fierce: Faithful with Lisa M. Ong, PCC, CPA

Living Fabulously Fierce – January 31, 2023

Unleash the Magical Momentum of Group Mentoring Circles to Reinvigorate ERGs

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion – March 9, 2023

How to Create an Inclusive Workplace During the Holidays

YellowBook-CPE – December 8, 2023

The Lunar New Year and Beyond

DEI Double Feature – January 22, 2024

Tips for Raising Working Kids

Moms Out Marketing – April 10, 2024

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Penn State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The University of Dallas
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas A&M Commerce
  • Southern Methodist University
Professional Organizations
  • Ascend ( 2017 Ascend National Convention Closing Keynote Ascend Talks 3.0: Ascend North Texas, Ascend New England, Ascend Greater Houston, Ascend Atlanta, Ascend Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • PMI  Project Management Institute Dallas Chapter  on “The Power of Wishing Out Loud”
  • DFW* ATW (Alliance of Technology and Women)
Other Companies & Organizations
  • Beyond Barriers
  • Kanarys
  • D CEO 2020 Annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact Symposium (opening keynote)


  • Who knew diversity training could be fun?  The time flew by so fast with her engaging stories of her experiences and practical advice.
  • I enjoyed the stories that helped me see that I was not alone to inspire me to stretch to do better.
  • I learned a great deal more than I expected.
  • I shifted my perspective in a new way.
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa’s session. It was one of my favorites.