Summary of Vanessa Williams
Vanessa is a successful executive who moved up the corporate ladder. She has real world experience on breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling, dealing with inclusion and diversity issues, and managing large global teams. Vanessa uses her personal experiences as well as those of her clients to bring a truly genuine touch to her speaking engagements. No fluff, no relying on studies or text books – her “to the point” and “matter of fact” conversational tone brings people in. Audience members leave with actionable items to work on – Leading Edge Homework. She encourages audience participants to define issues and create a path for action to ensure the information they just learned isn’t lost. Every company, every team and every individual is unique and therefore every presentation should be unique and customized around the audience. Vanessa will construct her presentation around the company’s goals. What do they want the outcome to be? No black box speeches allowed!Download Full Bio
V. Vanessa Williams is the Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Consulting, LLC, a global executive coaching firm with offices in CT and FL. Vanessa has an International background and vast experience in Executive Coaching, Women and Diversity Leadership Coaching, Leadership Advancement, Operations Leadership, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Strategic Business Planning, Management and Financial Reporting, and Change Management.
Vanessa is a rare kind of speaker and executive coach who can connect the realities of business by sharing her expertise – she has been there. She shares how a leaders’ life experiences and our response to them are of critical importance in how leaders are formed. Vanessa encourages audiences and coaching clients to think differently about how they approach introducing change for themselves and others. She uses a holistic approach with her clients from identifying success roadblocks and creating metric driven action plans and goal setting. She also works with executives, business owners, and c-suites to identify strategic goals and to build and engage high-performing collaborative teams.
She identifies herself as a Change Agent and a Facilitator of Change. Drawing from her personal journey as someone who was looked over for promotions, Vanessa shares with clients her story of working with an executive coach to overcome the roadblocks that were holding her back and how she successfully reached her career goals. Vanessa talks about the ah-ha feedback she received and how she used that to discover the importance of trust and how trust is essential to effective change management. Her authentic transparency is evident in her coaching style, as a cancer survivor, she understands and promotes the power of self-care while having a successful and thriving career.
Vanessa’s career has been multi-faceted. From her beginnings as an auditor, she learned to assess situations and problem solve, to her more recent corporate career where she was Managing Director for Horton International, a retained global boutique executive search firm headquartered in West Hartford, CT where she dove deep into the cultures of businesses helping them find the right talent.
Vanessa held senior level and C-suite positions leading high-powered executive global teams for Sun Life, Prudential, Mass Mutual, Aetna, and UConn Health – all complex organizations where she oversaw major change initiatives and transformations. These organizations truly showed her first-hand how leaders are found, formed and nurtured allowing the companies to achieve their goals.
Vanessa holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Virginia State University, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Leading Edge Consulting, LLC holds national certifications as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She sits on the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals, The New England Air Museum, and Amistad Center for Arts & Culture. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Reginald F. Lewis College Business Alumni at Virginia State University.
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