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Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, SCC, Leadership Speaker


South Orange , United States

Michelle Tillis Lederman, (CSP, PCC, SCC, MBA) is an expert on workplace communications and relationships. Named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Networking Experts, and one of the Top 30 Communications Professionals in the World by Global Gurus. Michelle is a speaker, trainer, executive coach, and author of four books including The Connectors Advantage and The 11 Laws of Likability. She was invited to the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Group, “100 Coaches Community brings together the world’s premier leadership thinkers” to seek ways to advance positive impact and give back to society.

An executive coach, people expert, and CEO of Executive Essentials, Michelle inspires organizations and individuals to build real relationships and get real results. Having worked with fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients she’s identified the common struggle… it’s people challenges. When asked by her young son what she does, she simply replied, “I help people work better together.” This purpose has driven her work with clients large and small including JPMorgan, J&J, Deutsche Bank, Michigan State University, MetLife, Sony, Ernst & Young, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Madison Square Garden.

Highly sought after for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations, Michelle has appeared on stages around the globe. She holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. Her deep expertise has led her to be a regular media contributor, appearing on CBS, NBC, Fox, NPR, CNBC, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, US News & World Report, MSNBC, Forbes and USA Today among many others.

Michelle spent a decade in finance with positions in audit, M&A, financial consulting, VC, and hedge fund investing. Passionate about education, Michelle served as a Communications Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, on the faculty of the American Management Association, Lehigh Executive Education, and Rutgers Executive Education.

She received her BS from Lehigh University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, holds the PCC designation from the International Coaching Federation, and is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching method. Executive Essentials is a certified Women Business Enterprise.

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Books by Michelle
The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact (ISBN #: 978-1-989025-35-2)
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking… Because People do Business with People They Like
(ISBN #: 978 081 441 6372)
Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview (ISBN #: 978 193 8069765)
Nail The Interview - Land The Job: A Step-by-Step Guide for What to Do Before, During and After the Interview (ISBN #: 978 099 650 7806)

Available For: Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: South Orange
Speaking Topics: Communications, Leadership, Networking

Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, SCC, Leadership Speaker Points
Academic 0
Author 240
Influencer 1
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 241

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Media Experience: 10 years
Last Media Interview: 03/23/2023

Areas of Expertise

Leadership 33.30
Management 33.12
Personal Branding 100
Diversity and Inclusion 58.25
Culture 32.52
HR 35.08

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services


4 Books
The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact
Page Two
March 05, 2019
With a record-breaking number of people either out of work or transitioning to remote work, connections―particularly diverse and inclusive connections―are more important than ever. Expanding your connections and being an inclusive Connector is critical to attaining faster, easier, and better results, especially when job hunting, reentering the workforce, or reimagining your current role in the wake of the pandemic.

And even if you are already a Connector, this book will help you take it up a level.

Connectors think and act a certain way that makes things happen faster, easier, and often with a better result. This book will explain:
1. Why relationships and connecting are critical to your results, success, and even happiness.
2. How Connectors have a way of thinking and acting that enables stronger relationships.
3. How ANYONE can infuse these mindsets and behaviors into their interactions and see the impact.

Michelle Tillis Lederman has curated connections and includes expert advice from over two dozen authors, coaches, and business owners including Marshall Goldsmith, Dorie Clark, Ivan Misner, Susan RoAnn and more.

Regardless of your goal―a job, a promotion, new business, a referral―who you know and who knows you will lead to opportunities. It is the strength of your relationships that leads to your success.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Personal Branding

Nail the Interview, Land the Job: A Step-by-Step Guide for What to Do Before, During, and After the Interview
Shorti Press
September 13, 2015
In today’s competitive job market, securing a job can be more fraught and arduous than ever. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a comprehensive guide to this arduous process? Enter Nail the Interview, Land the Job. This book reveals exactly what needs to be done to shine during an interview and set yourself apart from the crowd. Because the truth is that acing the interview is the most pivotal step in convincing any employer that you’re the right candidate for the job. The book takes an in-depth look at every step along the path, chapter by chapter, with invaluable insights into topics including: how to build confidence and get in the best frame of mind; what to wear and what to bring with you; making the best first impression and instantly connecting; relating previous experiences to the position your seeking; navigating difficult questions; what to ask and not to ask during the interview; and sealing the deal at the end of the process. Bonus sections provide detailed information about leveraging resources such as career fairs, career coaches, and headhunters, plus a soup-to-nuts interview checklist and information about unconventional interviews. With targeted information for the recently unemployed, new graduates, and parents returning to the workforce after an extended absence, Nail the Interview, Land the Job is a crucial tool for people at any stage in their careers, breaking down and demystifying the intimidating interview process to ensure that you can secure the position you’re seeking. Get the job first—then decide if you want it. It’s all about nailing the interview.

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Tags: Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, HR

Heroes Get Hired: How To Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview
NBC Publishing
February 11, 2013

“Our returning troops and their family members can offer an extraordinary combination of leadership, dedication and technical expertise in today’s civilian workplace. The information and advice contained in this book is designed to prepare our service members to successfully make the transition from active-duty service to a meaningful job here at home.” --Michael E. O’Neill, Chairman, Citigroup Inc.,First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1971

Going back to work after being in the military can be a daunting yet rewarding experience. As a veteran re-entering the workforce or looking to change jobs, you may face a unique set of challenges as you become accustomed to civilian situations, expectations, and demands. Your recent experiences may be very different from those of the average civilian candidate. This is part of your advantage and what sets you apart from other candidates, but it also can contribute to these unique challenges.

As you go through the job-interview process, you may need to learn to align yourself with new protocols, environments, and codes of behavior. You may also be learning to adapt to civilian life with certain physical or invisible difficulties, such as hearing loss, that are the result of your military service.

In Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview, author Michelle Tillis Lederman addresses the particular issues, questions, fears, and mental roadblocks that you as a veteran may encounter as you re-enter the civilian workforce, and how you can overcome these challenges to acquire the skills you need to excel at the interview process. Featuring contributions from IAVA and MSCCN, this free book sheds light on the specific strengths and competitive advantages that you as a veteran bring to the civilian workforce, and how you can make sure to communicate these qualities to a recruiter or potential employer.

The enhanced edition features a video message from Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs, Ret., and 20 videos that demonstrate best conduct during the interview process.

It’s time to put aside any fears you may have and land your next job!

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, HR, Personal Branding

The 11 Laws of Likability Relationship Networking…Because People Do Business with People They Like
HarperCollins Leadership
September 15, 2011
We all know that networking is important, and that forming relationships with others is a vital part of success. But sometimes it seems like networking removes all emotions from the equation and focuses only on immediate goal, whereas the kind of relationships that have true staying power, give us joy, and support us in the long run are founded on simply liking each other.

This book, featuring activities, self-assessment quizzes, and real-life anecdotes from professional and social settings, shows readers how to identify what’s likable in themselves and create honest, authentic interactions that become “wins” for all parties involved.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Personal Branding

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Connected Leadership
March 01, 2022

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Personal Branding

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