Our Team Members

Our senior coaches are passionately devoted to helping men and women succeed in their professional careers. All of our coaches have been carefully selected based on their experience, expertise, and real-world knowledge of the challenges that business executives face.

Our Differentiators

  • All of our coaches have held senior level, management positions and have significant years of coaching experience
  • Our engagements are business-focused and customized to meet the needs of the individual
  • We have a dedicated Vice President of Quality & Delivery who monitors each engagement, is a resource to our coaches and provides regular internal training for our staff
  • We have a unique protocol for executive coaching and leadership development program that combines assessment, skill-building, and individual workplace application while also incorporating the competencies value by our clients
Founder & CEO

Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM

Chief Operating Officer

Nila G. Betof, PhD

President

Peter J. Dean, PhD

Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Shelley Potente, MA

Regional Vice President, New Jersey

Elizabeth F. Reeder, MBA, PCC

Regional Vice President, Washington D.C.

Mary Jane Reed, SPHR

Regional Vice President, Midwest

Tracey L. Cantarutti, PhD

Vice President, Quality & Delivery

Lisa S. Aronson, MBA, PCC

Vice President, Program Quality

Jane E. Beale

Vice President, Marketing & Operations

Monica Warner Dimpfl

Director, Communication & Digital Media

Dominique SanGiovanni

Senior Consultant

Maribeth D. Renne, CMF

Senior Consultant

Lisa Mathis

Senior Consultant

Karen Coplan, PhD

Senior Consultant

Elizabeth Reeves, MA

Project Management & Client Relations Coordinator

Kaitlin Emery

Senior Consultant

Whitney Siavelis

Senior Consultant

Nancy Singer, PCC

Senior Consultant

Caroline H. Jantuah

Senior Consultant

Kim Karetsky

Senior Consultant

Robin Friedman, MA, CPP

Senior Consultant

Cheryl Henderson, Psy.D.

Founder & CEO

Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM

Full Bio

Molly D. Shepard is President & Chief Executive Officer of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, a company dedicated to the advancement of executive and high-potential leaders. Molly has more than 30 years of experience in career counseling, leadership development, executive coaching and executive search. Through her leadership as Chairman, President and Co-founder of Manchester Inc., one of the world’s largest career development consulting firms, she helped thousands of people a year transition and reach their potential as leaders under her guidance.

Molly has served as co-chair for Women Against MS for the past five years and is a member of the Board of Directors for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Delaware Chapter. Molly is Chairman Emeritus of the Women’s Initiative for The United Way of Southeastern PA where she was the founder of Women United. She is also: Chairman Emeritus of WHYY Inc., President Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Molly has previously served as a member of the Boards of Directors for: Keystone Financial Inc., Keystone Bank N.A., Rosemont College, Liberty Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Equimark Corporation, the Kimmel Center, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Board of Overseers, and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Chief Operating Officer

Nila G. Betof, PhD

Full Bio

Nila Betof has extensive experience coaching leaders in the C-Suite through emerging level talent and brings over 30 years of operational and management experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She has substantial experience in career development consulting, assessment, leadership development, executive coaching and organizational change. She has consulted on hundreds of leadership development programs and organizational change initiatives. She is certified in a variety of assessment tools and behavioral interviewing techniques. In 2011, Nila was recognized for her leadership efforts and received the SmartCOO Award (from SmartCEO Magazine).

Nila’s corporate career included a number of senior-level positions managing both line operations as well as staff functions. Nila has served as Chief Operating Officer for two companies. She has held executive positions in Information Technology, Human Resources and Strategic Planning, in addition to her line experience managing operations, service delivery and revenue generating organizations. With her extensive corporate experience, Nila has coached and consulted for a wide range of companies, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 firms. Some of her assignments include: AstraZeneca, CitiBank, Dow Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Lincoln Financial Group, KPMG, and PECO Energy.

President

Peter J. Dean, PhD

Full Bio

Peter J. Dean, Ph.D. heads Leaders By Design – the men’s leadership development and executive coaching division of The Leader’s Edge. With over 30 years of national and international experience, Peter bases his executive coaching and consulting work on current research and best practices in the field of leadership development. Leaders By Design helps executives recognize and understand the intricacies inherent in global leadership and dealing with diverse cultures and sub-cultures.

Peter has consulted and coached for many notable organizations including: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors, Independence, Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, PECO, University of the Sciences, U.S. Trust, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Wawa to name a few. Dr. Dean worked in Europe and Asia for 8 years and has lectured, consulted and/or coached in 14 countries.

Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Shelley Potente, MA

Full Bio

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

Before joining the firm, Shelley was VP, 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.

Regional Vice President, New Jersey

Elizabeth F. Reeder, MBA, PCC

Full Bio

Elizabeth Reeder is a consultant and executive coach with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and brings extensive experience across multiple industries to her work. Betsy has worked successfully with senior executives and high potential leaders from the pharmaceutical, health care, and consumer product industries and has helped leaders successfully enhance their performance in a wide range of areas including leadership and communication skills, executive presence, building and managing stakeholder relationships, and developing effective teams. Betsy has coached senior, high potential and emerging leaders at client companies such as Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, and Penn Mutual.

A significant portion of Betsy’s work has included coaching leaders during their transitions to new leadership roles and organizations. Betsy takes an outcomes-based approach to her work as an Executive Coach, partnering with her clients to help them develop and demonstrate the leadership behaviors required to achieve organizational goals and their career aspirations. Betsy has worked with many leaders through their integration to higher level or broader roles, helping them to identify and develop new behaviors necessary for success. Betsy is affiliated with the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, as an Executive Coach for MBA students as they seek to further develop their leadership capabilities.

Regional Vice President, Washington D.C.

Mary Jane Reed, SPHR

Full Bio

Mary Jane Reed brings over 30 years of leadership development and human resources management experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. Mary Jane Reed is a respected business leader and senior human resources executive with proven skills and successes in leadership and organizational development and change management. She has a reputation for integrity, creativity, leadership, teamwork and business strategy.

Prior to joining TLE/LBD, Mary Jane was Vice President of Human Resources for Nevada Energy (previously Sierra Pacific Resources), a combined gas and electric utility. In that position she served as the firm’s Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer and led the overall merger integration of two utilities. Prior to that, she was a Senior Human Resources Executive with Verizon where she directed major improvements to Verizon’s human resources programs and processes. While at Verizon, Mary Jane was selected by the Governor of West Virginia to join a task force that restructured and streamlined the State’s executive branch.

Regional Vice President, Midwest

Tracey L. Cantarutti, PhD

Full Bio

Dr. Tracey Cantarutti is an executive coach and leadership development consultant with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. For 15 years she has coached senior executives and managers from all over the world while working with multi-national organizations in a variety of industries including health care, packaging, manufacturing insurance and financial services. In addition, Tracey has 20 years of global business and team leadership experience, leading to her desire to help others to reach their full potential as leaders. As a former executive, Tracey understands the issues leaders face and their environment, leading to deeper insights based on practical experience.

Using an emotional intelligence framework, Tracey works with individuals and teams to help them become more self-aware, socially aware and strategic, in order to build the relationships that lead to success as a leader. Tracey assists clients to gain insights and create actionable and specific development plans that leverage the concept of neuroplasticity to retrain the brain, resulting in successful behavior change. She is experienced and certified in the use of assessments including The Hogan, MBTI I & II, EQi 2.0 and DiSC.

Vice President, Quality & Delivery

Lisa S. Aronson, MBA, PCC

Full Bio

Lisa Aronson has in-depth experience partnering with and coaching successful executives. Since 2000, Lisa’s primary focus has been on coaching leaders to maximize their impact and personal effectiveness. She assists her clients in clarifying their goals and objectives and developing the self-awareness necessary to reach their aspirations.

As the Head of Quality & Delivery for The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, Lisa oversees the work of the entire coaching cadre to ensure consistency with the firm’s established coaching protocols. Lisa is also associated with Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. As a member of the coaching faculty there, she is called upon to work directly with MBA students and visiting international executives as they seek to expand their leadership capabilities. Previously, Lisa was the senior human resources officer at an investment banking firm and held senior positions in major consulting firms.

Vice President, Program Quality

Jane E. Beale

Full Bio

Jane is a seasoned corporate human resources executive with years of executive coaching experience coaching male and female executives up to the level of CEO in a myriad of different industries. Jane’s inside knowledge and experience of the executive suite brings a valuable perspective to her clients.

Jane joined The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design in 2001 and is responsible for onboarding and supporting program facilitators and senior consultants to ensure the quality of delivery of client programming and skills-building workshops. Jane also actively engages in executive coaching with our clients. She is certified in the Hogan Personality Assessments and also administers the MBTI, LSI, NEO PI-R, and DiSC instruments.

Vice President, Marketing & Operations

Monica Warner Dimpfl

Full Bio

Monica is the Executive Director, Strategic Marketing at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and has been with the firm for more than fifteen years. Monica leads the company’s strategic marketing efforts including the implementation of integrated marketing campaigns through social media, email, web, and other communication outlets. She is also responsible for sales strategy and developing innovative approaches to promoting the company’s message of leadership excellence.

Monica possesses strong writing skills creating content for the company’s newsletter, LinkedIn PULSE articles, website copy and marketing materials. She is digitally-savvy managing the firm’s social media presence and also engages in public relations activities.

Director, Communication & Digital Media

Dominique SanGiovanni

Full Bio

Dominique SanGiovanni is the Director, Communication & Digital Media at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. Dominique manages the firm’s leadership development programs and events, including EXCEL for Emerging Women Leaders and the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women, which is held locally in Philadelphia as well as several cities across the country.

Dominique leads the firm’s online branding efforts and maintains the firm’s social media presence, while also consulting with clients on improving their own personal online brands. She supports the firm’s communication efforts by writing and editing timely articles, email campaigns, newsletters, and designing marketing graphics and collateral.

Senior Consultant

Maribeth D. Renne, CMF

Full Bio

Maribeth D. Renne, C.M.F has extensive experience in leadership development and executive coaching. She has partnered with C-Suite leaders through emerging talent to develop the knowledge and tools to enhance performance and executive presence.

Recognized for expertise as a coach and presenter with 20 years of accomplishment in corporate, academic and non-profit sectors, she works with professionals of diverse expertise and backgrounds across multiple industries.

Senior Consultant

Lisa Mathis

Full Bio

Lisa has been an executive coach and corporate team facilitator for over 20 years. Lisa brings a depth of experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design working with leaders in the corporate and private sector.

Lisa’s areas of specialty include communications, leadership, sales and organization development. She has considerable expertise in working with leaders at the high-potential level through to the C-Suite, as well as understanding different cultures of people and the unique challenges that they face. She prepares leaders for the next level by building new competencies, imparting advice on leading change, and enhancing an executive’s decision-making skills. In her coaching, Lisa works closely with each leader on their specific goals and provides her clients with a safe, trusted space to brainstorm and strategize challenging issues.

Senior Consultant

Karen Coplan, PhD

Full Bio

Karen is a senior consultant with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience working across a variety of industries. She is fluent in Spanish, completed an expatriate assignment in Spain, and has also led global talent management projects. These experiences enable Karen to be particularly effective in coaching leaders who are working in global or multi-cultural environments. Additionally, she has extensive expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, and assessment. Karen’s coaching approach focuses on helping clients see patterns and trends in their behavior/experiences, challenging their assumptions, in order to help them push beyond their own boundaries.

Karen is experienced in coaching leaders from the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean who range from the C-Suite to high potential managers. Examples of recent client engagements include: executive coaching for leaders transitioning to senior leadership roles, coaching as part of an ongoing leadership development program for emerging women leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, and providing assessment, development planning, and coaching for an organization’s high potential leaders for the past 5 years. Her coaching specialties include: executive presence and communication, emotional intelligence, coaching skills for leaders, influence, and working in global or multi-cultural environments.

Senior Consultant

Elizabeth Reeves, MA

Full Bio

Beth brings over 30 years of global human resources experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She is a high-impact HR professional specializing in acquisitions, due diligence, integration, people assessment and development, with strong global expertise and the ability to link HR strategy to the business strategy.

Prior to joining The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Beth served as Chief Human Resources Officer for four publicly traded companies. She has operated in industries such as fashion and financial services including property/casualty and life insurance. She has been involved in creating robust human resources strategies with an emphasis on talent, change leadership, engagement, culture and process improvement.

Project Management & Client Relations Coordinator

Kaitlin Emery

Senior Consultant

Whitney Siavelis

Full Bio

Whitney Siavelis brings 20 years of global experience to her role as Senior Consultant for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She is a certified leadership coach and consultant passionate about helping individuals maximize their success by developing confidence and key leadership skills that deliver results within their organizations.

Whitney’s professional experience is diverse and extends from Fortune 100 companies to early-stage startups. In Whitney’s coaching engagements, she identifies each client’s unique needs and works in partnership to develop specific, actionable solutions.

Senior Consultant

Nancy Singer, PCC

Full Bio

Nancy is a Senior Consultant at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design with over 30 years of experience in senior leadership positions in three Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. As a pharmacist with a dual MBA in Marketing & Finance, she possesses a unique professional background having held positions in Sales & Marketing, Management and Talent Development. Nancy is recognized global thought leader in developing high-potential talent and her leadership development programs have garnered numerous industry awards. She has been published in Management Development journals and regularly speaks at Talent and Leadership conferences. Nancy specializes in high-potential, female, diverse and scientific talent.

Nancy spent the past ten years of her corporate career as Executive Director, Global Leadership Development for Merck & Co., Inc. responsible for developing over 10,000 leaders across Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is an ICF certified executive coach who has guided teams and leaders in publicly held and nonprofit companies through mergers, media crises and major transformational changes.

Senior Consultant

Caroline H. Jantuah

Full Bio

Caroline Jantuah is an experienced trainer, facilitator and executive coach with an extensive background in leadership development, organisational change, cross-cultural team development, diversity and inclusion. Caroline brings to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design her experience in these areas within organisations across Europe, North America and Africa.

Caroline focuses on providing innovative, distinctive and high-impact solutions to the unique and often complex challenges that our clients face. In her coaching work, Caroline works to maximise the benefits and results derived from operating at the point where diversity and inclusion, leadership, strategy, organisational development and human capital combine to achieve sustainable success. Her coaching style engenders the trust of clients to be open and willing to explore alternative perspectives and approaches to their unique workplace issues, challenges and opportunities.

Senior Consultant

Kim Karetsky

Full Bio

Kim Karetsky is a Senior Consultant at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing leadership and professional development initiatives at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and JPMorgan Chase. She has dedicated her career to enhancing the culture of these organizations by building robust programs to promote the commercial and leadership growth of top performing producers and senior leaders globally.

Kim joined JPMorgan in 2008 to build and lead the global Advisor Development Group within the Asset Management Division. Her work focused on enhancing the client, communication and sales skills of Private Bankers, Investments and Product Specialists and the leadership and management skills of senior leaders. As an Executive Director, she has designed and implemented short and long-term classroom programs and mobile learning tools on topics including interpersonal skills, sales, client communication skills, executive presence, leadership and sales management for all levels from Associate to Managing Director.

Senior Consultant

Robin Friedman, MA, CPP

Full Bio

Robin Friedman brings extensive Pharmaceutical industry experience, business acumen, and excellent partnering skills to her work in Leadership Development with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. As a coach, Robin has successfully worked with senior and high potential leaders across business sectors and functions to enhance their effectiveness in a variety of areas including communicating with transparency, leading and developing high performance teams, engaging stakeholders, cultivating trust, leading change, and bringing out the best in others.

Robin has worked with a broad-range of organizations including Roche Pharma, Pharmacia Global Prescription Business, Sanofi, NA, G&W Laboratories, and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Senior Consultant

Cheryl Henderson, Psy.D.

Cheryl is an accomplished Organizational Development professional with over twenty years of leadership experience. She has well-developed skills and proven expertise in organizational assessment, program design, and process management consulting with an emphasis on diversity. Her domestic and global experiences include working in Financial Services, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Publishing.

Past corporate positions include United Technologies Corporation//Sikorsky Aircraft where she lead an initiated for quality in a manufacturing and engineering environment and provided ongoing facilitation of quality teams employing process improvement tools. She also worked at CIGNA, where she provided large scale internal change consulting to the Employee Benefits and Financial Services division of this Fortune 500 insurance company. Most recently, before beginning a private practice in executive coaching and organizational development, Cheryl worked at AOL Time-Warner, where she led initiatives that identified and developed critical success competencies for leadership and high potential talent within the Time Inc. publishing division of this world class entertainment company. That role included coaching senior management and providing leadership development planning for the division’s top 200 executives.

Cheryl has a Doctorate in Psychology from Wright State University, including a PreDoctoral Fellowship in Organizational Consulting at Yale. She holds a Master of Education from Loyola University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She is a licensed psychologist, holds a certificate in Organizational Consulting from the National Training Laboratory and is certified in a number of leadership assessment instruments.