Our People





Founder & CEO: Douglas R. Conant

Douglas R. Conant is a New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker with over 40 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies. In 2011, he founded ConantLeadership — a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who are championing leadership that works in the 21st century. From 2001 to 2011, Doug served as CEO and President of the Campbell Soup Company. During his tenure, he reversed a steep decline in market value, dramatically re-energized a low-engagement culture, and delivered cumulative shareholder returns in the top tier of the global food industry. Prior to joining Campbell he served as President of Nabisco Foods Company. Doug currently serves as Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) at Northwestern University, Chairman of CECP (formerly the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy), and Former Chairman of Avon Products. 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 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!

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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