Founder & CEO: Douglas R. Conant
Douglas R. Conant is an internationally renowned business leader, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and social media influencer with over 40 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies. For the past 20 years of his leadership journey, he has honed his leadership craft at the most senior levels — first as President of the Nabisco Foods Company, then as CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and finally as Chairman of Avon Products. In 2011, he founded ConantLeadership — a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who are championing leadership that works in the 21st century. Today, Doug, among his other commitments, also serves as Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern University, Chairman of CECP: the CEO Force for Good, and Chairman of the Higher Ambition Leadership Institute. Learn more about Doug here.
Mara is an enthusiastic developer of people and a seasoned leader of high-performing small business teams. She delights in helping contributors to grow their skill sets and thrive in a fiercely complex marketplace. With a background in negotiation, public relations, business development, human resources, and training and development, she is the perfect “Jack(ie) of all trades” to steward the small but hearty leadership team to ongoing growth. She is responsible for contributing to the management of all organizational operations including strategic planning, board of director work, finances, marketing, speaking engagements, publishing efforts and the advancement of a substantial not-for-profit agenda. Email Mara.
Executive Administrator: Diana Hansen
Diana is so essential to the day-to-day operations at ConantLeadership that she has earned the alternate job titles of “Chief Logistical Officer”, “Right-Hand-Woman”, and “Planning Goddess” depending on the scheduling and administrative challenges of the day. With a long career supporting executives at the highest levels of Fortune 500 companies, Diana is tenacious, detail-obsessed, creative, whip-smart, and clairvoyant. She anticipates and addresses what is needed to support the operations of the enterprise oftentimes before the company (or even CEO) is aware. Lastly, she is far too humble to write a paragraph this glowing about her own talents so it should be noted that she is not the author of this blurb and it has been posted despite her ardent protestations. Email Diana.
Director of Content: Amy Federman
Amy is passionate about language, story, words, and ideas. She is honored to apply her passion and expertise to helping bring the concepts behind leadership that works to life. Working in close collaboration with Doug — she is responsible for guiding, developing, writing, and deploying a suite of engaging leadership content that empowers leaders to serve with greater impact in a complex world. Amy also leverages her experience in social media, digital communications, strategic planning, and community management to activate, inspire, measure, and grow the ConantLeadership community: a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who inspire her with their contributions to the leadership conversation every day. Have an idea for a content partnership? Email Amy and let’s get to work!
Thao is a twentysomething, trends aficionado, and a linguistics, arts and cognitive science geek. Leveraging her constant curiosity about internet virality, from artificial intelligence to fidget spinners, Thao helps represent ConantLeadership’s voice on social media, bringing the tenets of leadership that works to an ever-growing online audience. She also connects her interdisciplinary knowledge in videography, journalism, cognitive psychology, analytics, and market research to create digital content for the ConantLeadership community. Hunger for creativity and development is her utmost motivation. Thao is a recent graduate from Drexel University, with a background in Communications, Corporate and Public Relations. Email Thao.
ConantLeadership MVPs who provide important support remotely:
Administrative and Accounting Genius, Nancy Pardo, in our Chicago office.
Chief Technologist, Paul Terzano, based in New Jersey.