Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Speaker: Lisa Ernst, Senior Vice President, Global Oral Care, Research and Development, Proctor and Gamble  


Lisa Ernst graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1986 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She also was a graduate of the UK Honors program, and was in the inaugural class of the Gaines Undergraduate Humanities Fellows. She joined P&G as a summer intern in 1985, then full time in 1986. She progressed through several roles in Oral Care and Personal Health Care and was appointed to Vice President of Oral Care R&D New Business Development in 2003. She served as Hair Care R&D Vice President from 2005 to 2009, then joined Personal Health Care as the Vicks Vice President in 2009. She was appointed R&D Senior VP of Personal Health Care in 2011, then also assumed responsibilities for Pet Care. After the Pet Care divestiture in 2014, she assumed responsibilities for Oral Care in addition to Personal Health Care. She served on the Board of Directors for PGT Health Care, P&G’s joint venture with Teva Pharmaceuticals, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Swiss Precision Diagnostics, the joint venture with Abbott. She has served as a discipline steward and cross-category technology sponsor within R&D. She is actively engaged in P&G’s diversity and capability programs, and sponsors the technical career system, working to ensure all employees can bring their full selves to work.

She and her husband Richard have been married 33 years and are the proud parents of Thomas and John. She has served in several leadership positions for the University of Kentucky's Humanities Foundation and has recently joined the Lewis Honors College External Advisory Board. She has also served on the Servant Leadership Board of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, where she also led the Finance Committee and the Endowment Committee. Boy Scouts of America also received a lot of her attention, as both of her sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, Pure Barre, travel, and spending time with friends and family.


Honors education is interdisciplinary, both deepening students in their chosen majors and introducing them to other disciplines. Interdisciplinary education is meant not only to prepare students to engage in their future careers with excellence, but also to engage in their lives outside their careers—to be citizens, neighbors, friends, and family with excellence. STEM+ celebrates the importance of interdisciplinary education in STEM careers, especially health and engineering, by inviting STEM professionals to share about how interdisciplinarity has impacted their careers and enriched their lives.