Leading NOW Expands Global Team of Business-Centric Experts

6 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput


Please join us in welcoming these dynamic women to our global team of business experts.

BOSTON - May 15, 2024 - Leading NOW, the award-winning leadership authority and advisor to organizations seeking to create more equitable cultures, is pleased to announce the expansion of its global team of experts. Joining the team as Senior Consultants are Makeda Brown, Courtney Burton, Alana Hill, Veena Puri and Sheila Robinson.­­

Leading NOW utilizes its research in talent development and gender dynamics as the basis for developing and delivering world-class leadership development programs and skill-building workshops to client organizations and industry associations. All senior consultants are trained to deliver Leading NOW programming for the company's surging client roster.

"I'm excited to introduce this impressive group of business-savvy women to our growing roster of senior consultants, each of whom bring their own diverse leadership capabilities to the team," said Kelly Primus, CEO of Leading NOW. "Our team of experts are business people who understand the problems businesses face every day, having helped solve many of them through their own personal career experiences. Aside from our research and programming, which is stellar, it is this human connection to business that sets Leading NOW apart in the marketplace."

Makeda Brown joins Leading NOW with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering talent strategies that maximize business results. As a former Executive Human Resources Leader, Makeda advised and partnered directly with Senior Executives in R&D, Sales & Marketing, Manufacturing, and Corporate Functions (Finance, IT, Compliance, Strategy, HR, Legal) across global organizations in the Pharmaceutical, Technology and Food/Hospitality industries.

Courtney Burton joins Leading NOW with over 30 years of experience and is a catalyst for professional and personal growth in individuals and teams. Her work centers on guiding leaders through organizational culture change initiatives, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and communication enhancement. She has served as the Vice President of Sales at Curry Sales, responsible for driving strategic priorities and ensuring ongoing business growth, and has led high-performing merchant and cross-functional teams at major retailers including Target, CVS, and Albertsons.

Alana Hill is an international change leadership expert and joins Leading NOW with over 25 years of cross-functional leadership and training expertise. She is a passionate energy industry veteran who has paved the way for women leaders, with a focus on women of color. During a colorful career working with the international technology corporation SLB (formerly Schlumberger), she managed multiple change initiatives and her experience as an engineer and project manager in talent development has provided real‐world insight into how people and teams can excel.

Veena Puri joins Leading NOW with over 25 years of strategic thought leadership and operational depth supporting large-scale transformations in a variety of industries; notably in Retail, Foodservice, Healthcare, Distribution, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Technology sectors. Over Veena's lengthy career in the foodservice industry with companies including PepsiCo, Yum Brands, Aramark, and Board service with the Women's Foodservice Forum, she has led initiatives involving workplace culture, learning capability development, and diversity, equity and inclusion programming implementation.

Sheila Robinson joins Leading NOW with over 20 years of experience in Human Resource Management and effective change management for teams. Sheila has effectively designed and implemented key strategies to engage all employee levels from the C-Suite to Interns. Sheila has successfully transformed teams throughout the Gulf South region and Eastern corridor in the following fields: Hospitality, Education, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Construction, Financial Management and Technology.


About Leading NOW

Leading NOW guides current and future leaders in creating more equitable organizations. We focus on building cultures of inclusion, developing inclusive leaders, and preparing underrepresented talent for career advancement. A global team of experienced business people, we solve the problems businesses face. Our research- based DEI solutions transform leaders' mindsets and behaviors to be inclusive for all. And, our uniquely customized leadership development programs are highly engaging and experiential to help build a pipeline of future leaders for your organization. As recognized experts, we work alongside you–joining you at any stage of your DEI journey–to drive immediate and sustainable outcomes for your organization. We have a strong track record of success spanning nearly 20 years, working with a wide range of organizations and industries around the world. Leading NOW is defining the future of inclusive leadership for the 21st Century. For more information, visit www.LeadingNOW.biz. #FutureForward #WeCanHelp

Leading NOW is a certified women-owned business.





Diane Chaput
VP Communications & Engagement
Leading NOW
+1 508-341-7352


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