Lisa Rohrer

Head of Global University Partnerships


Lisa is the Head of Global University Partnerships at Emeritus, where she is responsible for growing and nurturing relationships with top universities in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Over her 25 year career, she has worked both inside and outside academia as a researcher, consultant and educator. Her diverse background includes executive education programming at Harvard and Georgetown along with case writing and consulting experience in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, where she has worked extensively with executives of global organizations on issues centered around leadership and strategy.

Cultivating a lifelong fascination with industry change and disruption, Lisa entered the ed tech world after spending many years consulting, teaching and writing about the legal profession and the challenges faced by law firms from digitalization and the breaking down of traditional barriers. Seeing parallels between law firms and higher education institutions, she started to dabble in online education by becoming one of Emeritus’s first course leaders in 2016. This experience led her to join the company full time after which she built a US instructional design team that works closely with top faculty to develop new online courses. She stepped into the partnership role in 2019, overseeing the expansion of the partner portfolio and working with the senior team to build the global business.

Lisa recently co-authored a book about the legal profession, BigLaw: Money and Meaning in the Modern Law Firm, published by the University of Chicago Press. She is also the author of numerous Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School case studies. Lisa received a PhD from the joint program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, an AM in Sociology from Harvard University, and a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College.