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Lisa Suennen is a Managing Director at GE Ventures. Lisa has spent 30 years across the healthcare industry as both venture capitalist and entrepreneur.
Before GE Ventures, Lisa operated Venture Valkyrie Consulting for three years, advising large corporations on corporate venture capital and digital health strategy. Prior to that, she spent 15 years as a Partner at Psilos Group, a successful healthcare-focused venture capital firm. Lisa also helped build Merit Behavioral Care (formerly American Biodyne), an $800 million behavioral healthcare company, where she held various leadership roles from its early startup days through its successful IPO and exit. Previously, Lisa held positions in marketing and product management in high-tech companies.
Lisa writes a widely read blog on healthcare and healthcare investing, which has been highlighted on the Forbes/Women 2.0 list of women venture capitalists who blog, on MedCity News' list of 12 powerful female voices in healthcare innovation and social media, and on Healthcare IT News' list of the 10 HIT bloggers to follow on Twitter.
She is also the co-author of the book, "Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare with Technology?," published in 2013 by HyperInk Press. Along with the book's co-author, Dr. David Shaywitz, she produces a twice-monthly podcast—also called Tech Tonics—focused on the intersection of the people and the passion behind digital health.
Lisa is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute's Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
In addition to her role at GE Ventures, Lisa is also a Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie, a publishing and advisory company, and co-founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit company focused on matching women in, and nearing, the healthcare C-suite with mentors who have been there and wish to give back. She is a member of the faculty at the Haas School of Business UC Berkeley, where she has taught classes on venture capital and the changing healthcare economy for 10 years Lisa is a sought-after speaker at a broad range of industry and private healthcare and investing venues.
She holds three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley: a Master's in Political Science and Bachelor's Degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science.
Lisa has been featured on many lists: Becker's Hospital Review as one of 110 women to know in medtech; Onalytica's list of top digital health influencers and brands in 2015, 2016 and 2017; the top 50 people in digital health, compiled in 2013 by Rock Health, Goldman Sachs, Fenwick & West, and Silicon Valley Bank; Disruptive Women in Healthcare's 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015; and Healthcare IT News' HIT Top 100 List.
In 2011, Lisa was the recipient of the Director of the Year Award (Companies in Transition) from the Corporate Director's Forum. That year, she was also awarded the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies Outstanding Alumni Award.
Lisa is currently a board member of Evidation Health, Health Reveal, Gravie, and the Dignity Health Foundation. She is also on the advisory boards of the California Health Care Foundation, global digital health organization HealthXL, and chairs the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Medicine, which is focused on innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA's journey to Mars.
Lisa's other claims to fame include her knack for finding four-leaf clovers (on four continents) and sporting elaborate pedicure nail art.