Shelley_Potente_2013SHELLEY POTENTE
Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Shelley Potente is the Executive Vice President, Client Relations at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design (TLE/LBD). As part of the executive team Shelley’s focus is on strategy, business development and marketing.

Before joining TLE/LBD, Shelley was Vice President, Client Services for a global talent and career management firm where she was a successful account executive for Fortune 500 firms. She is considered a resource within the corporate setting and in the community, recognized for her trusted partnerships and innovative approaches to promoting introductions and connecting clients and colleagues for their mutual benefit. Prior experience includes serving as EVP, Director of Operations for a career consulting firm where she also coached executives.

Shelley regularly speaks to client organizations and professional associations on topics relevant to leadership and career success. Her energetic and well-respected presentations often focus upon: Strategic Networking, Presence and Impact, Self-Promotion, and Consultative Selling. Shelley has individually coached countless professionals as they navigated and advanced their careers, and continues to be a strong resource to leaders assessing their career paths.

Shelley has a passion for guiding women towards success. She played an influential role as Board member and President of the Board of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) which resulted in significant growth and change. During her two-year tenure as Board President she set the highest standard of excellence, attracted the highest caliber candidates to serve on the Board, and increased its diversity. As President, she drove increased participation and sponsorships at the major annual fundraiser doubling the number of attendees and proceeds, and the operating budget of WRC reached a milestone. Shelley continues to serve on WRC’s Advisory Council and is a regular consultant to the board.

Shelley is a member of the Forum of Executive Women whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership roles, expand their impact and influence, and position them to drive positive change in the region. She is an Executive Committee member of the Board for POWER of Professional Women, whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women leaders while helping to develop the next generation of leaders in a diverse workplace. Shelley has been actively involved with the Healthcare Business Woman’s Association in both PA and NY. She also served as a board member for the Philadelphia Society for People and Planning (PSPS). During her tenure with PSPS she developed the Graduate University Alliances program by forging alliances with LeBow and Wharton. This program continues to successfully connect EMBA and MBA students with PSPS members, local business professionals and university alumni for career guidance and powerful network introductions. Shelley also established and facilitates PSPS’ Senior Human Resources “Careers-In-Transition” group.

Shelley received the 2017 SmartCEO Executive Management Award, which recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of Philadelphia’s management all-stars. Shelley was nominated for the Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year and Main Line Media News Volunteer of the Year because of her impact upon both the professional and not-for-profit sectors.

Shelley holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University where she counseled college students and ran skills training sessions for their Counseling Center and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University.  Earlier in her career Shelley was a Psychotherapist and ran group therapy sessions. She is certified in the Hogan Leadership Assessment Series.  Shelley’s background in Psychology, Counseling and skills training, combined with her tenure as a consultant in the corporate space have contributed to a comprehensive understanding of people in business, earning her a reputation as a trusted and respected professional.


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