Lisa Picard has more than 30 years of experience developing, leading, and managing complex real estate investments. She is a driving force in progressive thinking and strategies for value in capital-intensive industries. She is keenly focused on technology driving human potential, particularly in this age of rapid change.
Picard joined EQ/Blackstone in late 2016 as COO and quickly became CEO in 2017. She immediately worked to re-shape the organization and office market to have greater relevance to the shifting workforce needs.
Prior to joining EQ, Picard worked as a real estate executive for Skanska, developing office and residential properties while also guiding investments for the company in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. At Canyon Ranch Spa and Resorts, Picard drove the expansion of the experiential hotel brand in developing a multi-towered residential hotel spa destination in Miami, Florida. Her career has touched more than 7 million square feet of ground-up development valued in excess of $6 billion.
Picard holds two master's degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has lectured at MIT and the University of Washington on visioning, technology, design thinking, mindful leadership, real estate innovation, and understanding risk in changing markets. She also serves on the board of directors of MiiR, a product-to-project B corporation, and Honest Buildings, a prop-tech capital management platform for real estate owners.
Bonnie Tu has served as chairperson of Giant Group since January 2017. After joining Giant Group in 1978 as general managing assistant, Tu later became the company’s purchasing and finance manager, then finance director. In 1994, she helped take Giant Group public on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. In 1999, she was promoted to the simultaneous roles of executive vice president and chief financial officer, where she single-handedly managed the company’s operational development and global financial strategy.
In 2008, after she was unable to find a bike and gear that fit properly as she prepared to ride the Tour of Taiwan, Tu founded Liv, the only comprehensive cycling brand committed solely to women. Since then, Liv has put 100% of its resources, focus, and commitment toward engineering bikes and gear that optimize the ride experience for women and offering them more product options.
A foreign language graduate of Tamkang University, Tu has dedicated her career to getting more women on bikes and her efforts have been widely recognized — in 2020, Cyclingnews named her one of the 50 most influential people in the cycling industry.