Lisa Bhathal Merage
Chief Impact Maker
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Lisa Bhathal Merage is a premier example of a polymath in the true sense of the word. With a stunning resume that runs the gambit from the private sector, to altruistic nonprofit work, to active involvement in the arts, she embodies the ideal contemporary woman, effortlessly transcending the notions of power and grace. She blends the two seamlessly with her actions and poise, with her stellar track record being evidence to all that can be accomplished with such clarity of mind.
People dream of accomplishing just a portion of what that Lisa has and we are certain that she has just begun leaving her fingerprint on the world. From operating as CEO of a top tier luxury bathing suit line, to part owner of the Sacramento Kings, to sitting on the board of the newly opening Orange County Museum of Art, Lisa is truly a woman who can achieve anything she puts her mind to, and we all look forward to watching on in wonder as she does.
Before then, enjoy this interview and pick up some of the wisdom she is sprinkling throughout this fantastic episode, with great joy we are proud to present - the one, the only - Lisa Bhathal Merage.
Lisa serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RAJ Capital. The Newport Beach based firm is the alternative asset platform of the Bhathal Family Office. RAJ Capital was established after successfully selling the family’s 50-year old women’s swimwear business, RAJ Swim, to private equity. Lisa was CEO of RAJ Swim from 2006-2016.
In 2009, she launched LUXE by Lisa Vogel, an upscale and chic swimwear fit solution for the modern beach sophisticate, sold at luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. LUXE by Lisa Vogel was honored as the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim Presents “Designer of the Year” in 2012.
Lisa has appeared in numerous fashion and business television segments including appearances on CBS, E! Entertainment Television, NBC Inside Couture, and FOX’s Good Day LA. She has participated as a panelist for BUZZ: An Executive Women’s Think Tank, and awarded with the inaugural “Rising Leader” Award at Segerstrom Center’s Arts and Business Leadership Award Dinner. Lisa was a recipient of the 2015 “Women in Business” Award from the Orange County Business Journal and was the Keynote Speaker at the event in 2016.
Along with her family, Lisa is co-owner of Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC. The firm owns the Sacramento Kings franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Golden 1 Center, the Sawyer Hotel and residences, and is the developer of the Downtown Commons entertainment and sports district in Sacramento.