The consultants and senior coaches of the firm are passionately devoted to helping men and women succeed in their professional careers. All of our coaches are carefully selected based on their experience, expertise, and real-world knowledge of the challenges that executives face. Some of the factors that differentiate our coaches from other leadership development consultants include:

  • All of our coaches have corporate experience
  • Each coaching case is uniquely customized to the needs of the individual or organization
  • Our Vice President of Quality & Delivery monitors and ensures that every case receives quality coaching and guidance
  • We are committed to helping organizations capitalize on and develop a diverse workforce
  • We value original research and conduct regular studies as thought leaders in the field

Team Members


Molly Shepard

Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM

Founder & CEO

Molly D. Shepard is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, a company dedicated to the advancement of executive and high-potential leaders. She has more than 30 years of experience in career counseling, leadership development, executive coaching and executive search.

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Nila G. Betof, PhDNila G. Betof, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Nila Betof has extensive experience coaching executives 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.

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Peter DeanPeter J. Dean, PhD

President, Leaders By Design

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 in the industry, Peter bases his executive coaching and consulting on current reviews of literature and research from the ever-expanding field of leadership development and the best practices in character development and executive coaching.


Lisa_Aronson_2011Lisa S. Aronson, MBA, PCC

Vice President, Quality & Delivery

Lisa Aronson has extensive experience partnering with and coaching successful executives in a career spanning over two decades. Since 2000, Lisa’s primary focus has been coaching leaders to maximize their impact and personal effectiveness.


Elizabeth ReederElizabeth F. Reeder, MBA, PCC

Regional Vice President, New Jersey • TLE/LBD

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 in executive coaching.


hs_maryjaneMary Jane Reed, SPHR

Regional Vice President, Washington D.C.

Mary Jane Reed brings over 30 years of leadership and human resources management 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 corporate mergers, change management, and leadership and organizational development.


Tracey CantaruttiiTracey L. Cantarutti, PhD

Regional Vice President, Midwest

Dr. Tracey Cantarutti is a Regional Vice President and executive coach with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She has coached global senior executives from all over the world while working with multi-national organizations in a variety of industries including health care, packaging, high technology and food processing.


Shelley PotenteShelley Potente

Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Client Services

Shelley Potente is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Client Services at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design (TLE/LBD), bringing over 15 years of experience as a leading strategic client relationship manager to her role. As part of the executive team, she is involved with business development, strategy and marketing.


Monica Warner DimpflMonica Warner Dimpfl

Executive Director, Strategic Marketing

Monica is the Executive Director, Strategic Marketing at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and has been with the firm for more than eleven years. Monica leads the company’s strategic marketing efforts including the implementation of integrated marketing campaigns through social media, email, website, direct mail, and other communication outlets.


Judy McHughJudy B. McHugh, MBA, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President

Judy McHugh brings over 25 years of experience in talent management, leadership development, higher education and human capital consulting at the senior leadership level to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She also has substantial experience in executive assessment and coaching and the design, development, and delivery of executive education programs.


Ellen PetersenEllen Petersen, PCC

Senior Consultant

Ellen is an executive coach with The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design. She has over 20 years of experience providing executive strategy and leadership facilitation across a spectrum of top-ranked organizations and industries, in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.


Jane E. BealeJane E. Beale

Senior Consultant

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


Phil FountainPhil Fountain

Senior Consultant

Phil has over 30 years of experience as a global senior level human resources and business leader. He has worked in a range of industry sectors in blue chip organizations ranging in size from 30,000 to 350,000 employees and has lived and worked abroad.


Maribeth D. RenneMaribeth D. Renne, CMF

Senior Consultant

Maribeth D. Renne, C.M.F., is an internationally certified Career Management Fellow. She is recognized for expertise as a leadership coach and career counselor, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of accomplishment in the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors.


Karen CoplandKaren Copland, PhD

Senior Consultant

Karen is a senior consultant with The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design. She is an Industrial/ Organizational psychologist with over 14 years of corporate and consulting experience working across a variety of industries, including private equity, telecommunications, technology, financial services, education, industrial, and healthcare.


Lisa MathisLisa Mathis

Senior Consultant

Lisa Mathis is a seasoned business executive with over 20 years of domestic and international hands-on experience in leadership development and executive coaching. As a senior consultant for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Lisa’s expertise lies in the areas of executive level coaching and organizational development, design and delivery of leadership programs, corporate needs assessment and competency design.


Michelle JurkiewiczMichel Jurkiewicz

Client Relations & Administrative Coordinator

Michelle Jurkiewicz is the Client Relations & Administrative Coordinator for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. Michelle contributes to the day-to-day operations of the business by assisting the executive team and senior consultants with coaching engagements.


Heather GolinHeather Golin

Communications & Special Projects Coordinator

Heather Golin joins The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design with a strong client relations and communications background developed from working in the retail sector for almost 20 years. Heather brings strong corporate experience to her role of Communications and Special Projects, as well as outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills.


Beth ReevesElizabeth (Beth)Reeves

Senior Consultant

Beth brings over 30 years of international 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 international expertise and the ability to link HR strategy to the business strategy.


Joe TotoJoseph R. Toto

Senior Consultant

Joseph Toto brings to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design thirty-five years of broadbased human resources experience in management, consulting and coaching as a human resources practitioner with global organizations such as Unisys, Betz-Dearborn (now part of GE) and Rhone Poulenc (now Sanofi-Aventis). Joe is a senior level human resources and business leader whose expertise is in executive and management development and coaching.


Rochelle CooperRochelle Cooper

Senior Consultant

Dr. Rochelle Cooper has spent the last 18 years consulting with and coaching executives to be more effective leaders. Her expertise is in Leadership Effectiveness, Teambuilding, Integration, Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Organizational Assessment. She has been affiliated with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design for four years, serving such clients as Citigroup, HSBC, Bristol Myers Squibb and Novartis.


Jackie RadfordJackie Radford

Senior Consultant

Jackie Radford comes to The Leader’s Edge with a wealth of expertise including over 20 years of experience in business, having worked in leadership positions in operations and human resources at Johnson & Johnson and Quest Diagnostics. As an executive coach and organization development practitioner, Jackie specializes in helping leaders and organizations manage complexity and change.


Cheryl HendersonCheryl Henderson, Psy.D.

Senior Consultant

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.


Caroline JantuahCaroline H. Jantuah

Senior Consultant

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.