Lisa Mancini

Episode 17: Lisa Mancini

Lisa Mancini is the CSX Corporation former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

CSX is a Fortune 500 freight railroad that operates in the eastern United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. They operate approximately 21,000 route miles of track.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within CSX’s service territory.

Throughout her career at CSX Corporation, Lisa has been a member of the chairman’s executive team guiding CSX business strategy. 

She negotiated public-private partnerships to develop, fund, and implement $600 million in freight rail network improvements, and she directed all aspects of labor relations and negotiations with 13 unions representing 30,000 employees.

Lisa also served in a senior leadership role at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

She has a master’s degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

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  • How to make the transition from managing a 10-person team to a 500-person team overnight.
  • What Lisa learned about leadership the day she climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The Harvard negotiation strategy she used to create a win-win outcome with Former Democratic Presidential Candidate, Secretary of State, and Senator John Kerry.
  • How she rose to the C-Suite in an industry that is 95% male.
  • How to balance work and family without burning out.
  • Which moments are the ones where a plan might NOT be the right thing.
  • How to take care of yourself when you have a demanding executive schedule.
  • How going on vacation and disconnecting benefits you and ESPECIALLY your team.
  • What the impact of COVID-19 would have been like if it happened in the 1980’s.

Lisa’s advice for women wanting to rise to the C-Suite:

  • Expect to work harder.
  • You’ll likely need to sacrifice some parts of your personal life.
  • Remain flexible.

“You don’t want to be missed. You want someone to carry on and make things even better."


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