The Team

Abby Wen Wu is a Senior Consultant with Leading NOW and has an extensive background in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Leadership, and Organizational Transformation and Change.

Abby Wen Wu

Senior Consultant
Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Senior Consultant, has over 26-years in global tech enterprise Sales and Product Marketing Leadership within large and mid-sized enterprises, such as Cisco, Brocade, Autodesk, Riverbed, and a start-up exit to Microsoft.

Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard

Senior Consultant
Alison Lazenby is a senior consultant with Leading Women, a division of Leading NOW, and brings over three decades of cross-industry business experience to her role. A change and leadership expert, Alison’s strengths are simplifying complex issues, building

Alison Lazenby

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

Frank Lewski

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

Strategic Advisor & Principal Consultant
Joyel Crawford joins Leading NOW as a senior consultant in our leadership development practice.

Joyel Crawford

Senior Consultant
Julia joins Leading NOW after a distinguished 20+ year career leading B2B sales teams across diverse channels in the consumer products industry. A proven results-oriented leader, Julia is passionate about forging mutually beneficial and lasting partnerships with her clients. With expertise in strategy and business development, Julia, as President, will oversee Leading NOW’s growth, and the expansion of our impact globally.

Julia Lazzara

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

Nicole Gionet

Senior Consultant
Perry joins Leading NOW after a successful career in Human Resources and Operations. In his roles, he helped to drive profitability at complex global organizations that included private equity portfolio companies, large public companies, and privately-owned businesses. Perry’s unique background in Human Resource management and Operations, where he worked as a GM at McDonald’s Corporation in New Orleans, as a District Manager at Taco Bell Corporation and as a Regional Foodservice Manager at Target Stores Corporation, all roles with P&L, operations, training, and people development responsibilities.

Perry Sholes

Senior Consultant
Quendrida Whitmore, senior consultant, gained her extensive leadership experience leading teams in the retail industry for over 25 years.

Quendrida Whitmore

Senior Consultant
Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz is the Director of Operations for Leading NOW, LLC.

Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

Director of Operations
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 and Chair Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Usha Pillai, senior consultant, is a specialist in strategy, critical thinking, change management, outsourcing, and project/program management.

Dr. Usha Pillai

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

Vanessa Phipps

Senior Consultant