We are pleased to announce that we are celebrating 15 Years of Business in 2016!

A Message from our CEO:Molly_Shepard_2012

As we celebrate 15 years in business, I am so proud of what The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design has accomplished as a firm. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years: clients, coaches and coachees, colleagues and friends. At the time of our founding, we were focused on helping women leaders advance their careers and build the skills needed to take on greater responsibilities in their companies. After merging with Leaders By Design we evolved the business model to help both male and female leaders gain critical leadership skills and we expanded our coaching services from the C-suite and Senior Executives to also helping high-performers at the Director and Manager levels and emerging leaders, in achieving their developmental goals.

Through our executive coaching, leadership development programming and consulting services we have had the pleasure of working with over 3,000 leaders and building a reputation as a firm that provides high quality services with a customized approach for each client and project. This is an incredible accomplishment that serves as my motivation to continue to grow our services and work for parity in the board room and in the senior ranks of this country’s companies and professional firms.

As we move forward, we at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design are even more committed to our mission of helping to build the leadership skills of talented men and women in the workforce. Engaging with global Fortune 500 companies, large and mid-size firms and non-profit organizations to share our expertise and build both successful leaders for the future while closing the retention gap has been a fulfilling experience for us as well as those we coach.  Our emphasis on quality and cutting-edge leadership solutions will continue to be at the core of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design in 2016 and beyond!





Company Milestones, 2001-2016


Molly D. Shepard founds The Leader’s Edge to address the limited representation of women in the highest ranks of American businesses. Corporate headquarters are in Philadelphia with offices in New York City (led by Jane Beale) and New Jersey (led by Betsy Reeder) are also established.


The Washington D.C. office of The Leader’s Edge opens its doors with Mary Jane Reed as Regional Vice President.

Women of African Descent program is launched to help address the unique issues of diverse women in leadership.

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The Leader’s Edge merges with Leaders By Design to include leadership development services and coaching to men.

Molly D. Shepard publishes her first book, Stop Whining and Start Winning, exposing the roadblocks that keep women from reaching the tops of the corporate ladder.

LFE Book Cover Low ResPeter Dean, Ph.D. publishes Leadership for Everyone: How to Apply Seven Essential Skills to Become a Great Motivator, Influencer, and Listener.

In partnership with Diversified Search, The Leader’s Edge launches first Women on Board program to help prepare senior women leaders to serve on a Board of Directors – one of the first programs of this kind.


WBENC Seal_ColorThe Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, as a women-owned business.

The Chicago office of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design opens and is led by Tracey Cantarutti, PhD.


The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design partners with KPMG to offer a unique leadership development program for senior women leaders – the Executive Leadership Institute for Women (ELIW).

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Molly D. Shepard publishes Breaking Into The Boys’ Club: The Complete Guide for Women to Get Ahead in Business.

All of our coaches and consultants receive certification in the Hogan Assessment Series.

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Nila Betof, Chief Operating Officer of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design publishes Just Promoted: A 12-Month Road Map to Success In Your New Leadership Role.


The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design expands internationally with first coaching assignments in India coachableleaderbookcoverand China.

Peter Dean, President of Leaders By Design, publishes The Coachable Leader: What Future Executives Need to Know Today.

Molly Shepard publishes Preparing For Your Prime Time: A Woman Boomer’s Guide to Retirement.

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The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design announces EXCEL, an annual program focused on the development of emerging women leaders.


The successful Executive Leadership Institute for Women reaches 8 cities nationwide – Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta & Pittsburgh. We have worked with over 900 senior women leaders!