At Thought Leadership Leverage (TLL), our thought leadership clients typically fit into one of four profiles:

Well-Respected Academics

who have developed deep expertise in an area and who want to see their ideas applied in a real-world business setting;

Seasoned Senior Executives

who have a unique point of view after years of running a business and now want to share these ideas beyond their own firm (often a “second” or “third” act of their career);

Successful business authors and professional speakers

who have developed a reputation by selling keynotes and/or writing books on a particular topic; and

Boutique and mid-tier consultancies

which have developed a strong book of business and a unique point-of-view.

Client Accolades

Carol Anderson – Top HR Blog for 2015

Carol RothNYT bestseller, The Entrepreneur Equation

Carol Sanford – Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College, was honored with Thought Leader Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, and received the Athena Award for Excellence in Business, Mentorship and Community Service

Chip Conley – New York Times Bestselling author, awarded “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, and recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award.

David Goldsmith – NYU Professor Excellence Award 2006, Successful Meeting Magazine’s “26 Hottest Speakers” in the industry

David NourNYT Best Seller “Relationship Economics”

Erica Dhawan – Named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas”

Erica Peitler – Best Selling Author, Leadership Rigor!, NJ Biz Magazine one of 50 Best Women in Business 2013.

Jackie WoodsideAuthor of Amazon Bestsellers, “Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time,”  Time for a Change!,” and her most recent “Money Vibe.” 

TEDx Speaker, “Creating Conscious Communities”

Jamie GerdsenPart of Forty Under 40, Leadership Cincinnati, as well as a 2 time finalist for EY entrepreneur of the year.

Jan RutherfordOne of “The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018” on Inc. Magazine

John KaoChairman, World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation

Jonathan Greenblatt – Named to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, 2011

Delivered the 2013 Lyon & Bendheim lecture at Tufts University

Served as a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Management in 2014

Juliet FuntMeetingsNet Editors Pick Top 12 Speakers of 2015

Katherine Woodward ThomasNYT Bestseller, Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

Lesley EverettFirst to receive the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence (PSAE) in 2010 Entering her into the celebrated Speakers Hall of Fame 



Linda Fisher ThorntonTop 100 Leadership Speaker of 2018, Inc. Magazine via Kevin Kruse

Maura Thomas – Communication Achievement Award, Austin Toastmasters 2015

Pat McLaganThought Leadership Award, The Instructional Systems Association 2012

Rose Fass (Fassforward) – Forbes Top 10 Women Business Leaders of NY 2012, Recipient of 500/5000 for 3 consecutive years.

Scott Moorehead – EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award in the Family Business category in the Midwest




Stew Friedman – An award-winning teacher, he appears regularly in business media (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in his students). Recognized twice as one of HR’s Most Influential International Thinkers and as one of the “world’s top 50 business thinkers” three times by Thinkers50. In 2015 he won the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award in the talent management field.

Suzanne SteinbaumAwarded NY Times Super Doctor, a Castle and Connolly Top Doctor for Cardiovascular Disease and NY Magazine’s prestigious Best Doctors in NY Edition

Sydney Finkelstein – Fellow of the Academy of Management and listed on the “Thinkers 50”, the world’s most prestigious ranking of leadership gurus.

Tim Halloran – Awarded Innovator of the Year by Coca-Cola and named Max Award Finalist for Innovation by Georgia State University.

Vicki Hoefle – PTPA Media Winner’s Seal 2009

Zoe ChanceTEDx talk, How to Make a Behavior Addictive, has been viewed over 500,000 times.

In 2017, Thinkers50 named Zoe one of the top global management thinkers to watch


Companies we’ve worked with:

We’ve worked with these and other organizations either on behalf of our thought leaders or directly: