Our People





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 board commitments, also serves as Chairman of CECP and as Chairman of the Higher Ambition Leadership Institute. Learn more about Doug here.


Mara KatsikisChief of Staff: Mara Katsikis

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.


Diana Hansen

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.


Amy Federman

Director of Content: Amy Federman

Amy is a highly experienced writer, fastidious editor, passionate marketer, voracious reader, and a social media infatuate. 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 guides, develops, writes, and deploys an engaging suite of 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, marketing, and community management to activate, inspire, measure, and grow the ConantLeadership community: a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who are championing leadership that works. Have an idea for a content partnership? Email Amy and let’s get to work!

Nell Mittlestead

Office & Marketing Assistant: Nell Mittelstead

Driven, dynamic, collaborative, and astute, Nell is the newest member of the ConantLeadership team. A recent graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in English, Nell is a poet and former student government leader with cross-functional experience in leadership, teaching, radio, communications, studio art, public service, foreign languages, and computer programming. Deftly, she applies her diverse skill set and winning attitude to support the ConantLeadership team in a variety of administrative and marketing tasks. We throw a lot at her — from database management to event coordination to creative projects, social media, mass mailings, and market research. And the way she nimbly adapts to every new challenge? Well, quite fittingly, it’s pure poetry.


 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.

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