The Team

Tomi Berry, senior consultant, has an extensive background in management development, leadership education, diversity, hospitality/customer service, food safety, branding, presentation skills, safety leadership, coaching and teambuilding.

Tomi Berry

Senior Consultant
Diane Coffey Chaput joins the Leading Women team as Vice President, Communications & Engagement and brings with her more than 20 years of public relations and brand-building experience.

Diane Coffey Chaput

Vice President, Communications & Engagement
Erin Defoyd, Director of Strategic Client Solutions for Leading Women partners with organizations and leaders to reach their talent, inclusion and diversity goals.

Erin Defoyd

Director of Strategic Client Solutions
Nicole Gionet joins Leading Women from Alcatel-Lucent where she was Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) based in Paris, France.

Nicole Gionet

Senior Consultant
Linda Newton, senior consultant is a specialist in leadership development, culture change, and the strategic use of community relations and diversity.

Linda Holmes Newton

Senior Consultant
Patty is an accomplished global human resources professional who has held roles as an HR Business Partner, and as an Organizational Development Consultant.

Patty Jazayeri

Senior Consultant
Tim Kemp, senior consultant, is a global expert on diversity and gender dynamics with over 32 years of experience as a Learning and Development specialist.

Tim Kemp

Senior Consultant
As Vice President of Client Solutions, Alison brings over three decades of cross-industry business experience to Leading NOW, where she leads efforts to acquire and delight new clients and partners. A change and leadership expert, Alison’s strengths are simplifying complex issues, building relationships, and collaborating with clients to bring their change aspirations to life.

Alison Lazenby

Vice President, Client Solutions
Karen Lazowski is Leading NOW’s Director of Client Programs, working in tandem with the business development team, and acting as the day-to-day client liaison to manage program delivery for the Leading Forward and Leading Women brands.

Karen Lazowski

Director of Client Programs
Frank Lewski, a senior consultant with Leading Women, is an experienced Leadership and Organization Development consultant, coach and facilitator/educator.

Frank Lewski

Senior Consultant
An experienced inclusion, leadership and culture change facilitator, with over 15 years’ experience designing and facilitating transformational spaces that allow individuals, teams and interested communities to access and develop their leadership, resilience, creativity and their capacity to solve their most complex challenges and transform individual and collective mindsets and behaviours.

Amel Murphy

Senior Consultant
Kathy Nelligan, Manager, Finance & Business Operations, joined Leading Women in 2019 after spending over 20 years in the banking industry. After leaving banking behind, Kathy’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold and she started her own business working in Estate Management.

Kathy Nelligan

Manager, Finance & Business Operations
Vanessa Phipps, a Senior Consultant with Leading Women, has over twenty years of successful executive and management development learning facilitation.

Vanessa Phipps

Senior Consultant
Dr. Usha Pillai, senior consultant, is a specialist in strategy, critical thinking, change management, outsourcing, and project/program management.

Dr. Usha Pillai

Senior Consultant
Kelly Lockwood Primus, Chief Executive Officer for Leading NOW oversees the strategy, research development and solutions focus to help our clients reach their global diversity goals.

Kelly Lockwood Primus

Chief Executive Officer
Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity.

Michelle Redfern

Senior Consultant
Daniel Stane is an international expert in developing conscious and inclusive leaders and organisations. He has fifteen years’ experience in consulting and the design and facilitation of leadership, diversity, inclusion and organisational change programmes focused on raising employee engagement, innovation & collaboration among mid to senior level leaders and their teams in global organisations. He has consulted and facilitated for such clients as Microsoft, Diageo, Expedia, 3M, British Airways, Altria, Cisco, Accenture, Nestle, Maersk, PayPal and Shell.

Daniel Stane

Senior Consultant
Gretchen Sussman is responsible for developing and implementing the commercial strategies for Leading NOW and its divisions Leading Women, Leading Forward, Gender Dynamics Institute and the Center of Diversity & Inclusion.

Gretchen Sussman

Chief Commercial Officer
Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz is the Director of Operations for Leading NOW, LLC.

Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

Director of Operations