The Team

Kelly Lockwood Primus, CEO & President for Leading Women oversees day to day operations of the company, business development and client relationship management to help our clients reach their global diversity goals.

Kelly Lockwood Primus

CEO & President
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
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

Chief Commercial Officer
Kathy Nelligan

Kathy Nelligan

Manager, Finance & Business Operations
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
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
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
Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz joins the Leading Women Team as Program and Client Relationship Manager.

Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

Program and Client Relationship Manager
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
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
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