Michelle Tillis Lederman

Member Since 2020

Michelle Tillis Lederman

Author, Speaker, Coach and Connector Creator

Author, The Connector's Advantage

New York City Area

Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, SCC, MBA Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations. An expert on workplace communications and relationships, Michelle's mission is to help people work better together and advance their individual impact. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of four books including The Connectors Advantage and the internationally recognized, The 11 Laws of Likability. Michelle, named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is a connection creator and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs for fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients. Her clients include JPMorgan, J&J, Deutsche Bank, Michigan State University, MetLife, Sony, Ernst & Young, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Madison Square Garden. Passionate about education, Michelle served as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, on the faculty of the American Management Association, Lehigh Executive Education, and Rutgers Executive Education. A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Michelle is a regular in the media 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. 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. To learn more about Michelle, visit: Websites: www.michelletillislederman.com/, www.executiveessentials.org/ YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/MichelleLederman Twitter: twitter.com/mtlederman Facebook: facebook.com/MichelleTillisLederman LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/communicationexpertspeaker Instagram: www.instagram.com/mtlederman/ Speaker Video: https://michelletillislederman.com/resources-page/#videos Talk Titles: Connected Leadership: Creating and Retaining an Engaged Team You The Brand: Determine and Drive How Others See You Boost Your Likability, Boost Your Influence Relationship Networking: Building Personal Connections for Professional Results Get Known, Get Connected, Get Ahead How To Get What You Want: Influencing Others into Action


  • Training & Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Leadership


September 24th, 2021

How to Become a Leader People Want to Follow

Being a great leader requires more than delegating tasks to employees and meeting business goals. Each individual employee within an organization has different needs, and the role leadership plays in meeting those needs and empowering employees to contribute their expertise can have a direct impact on a business’s bottom line. 

September 3rd, 2021

13 Business Leaders Share Their Predictions for the Future of Networking

The connections built between people can create bonds that drive success for both individuals and organizations. Though the formation and maintenance of these connections has been completely transformed over the past year and a half, the strength of those bonds still holds true.

July 19th, 2021

15 Ways Business Leaders Can Approach Decision Making More Objectively

When even small decisions can have a big impact on your business, removing bias is a critical step in the decision-making process.

July 9th, 2021

Five Ways to Build Genuine Connections Virtually

Establishing and maintaining a robust network of authentic connections is the key to finding new opportunities.


Author, The Connector's Advantage

Michelle is also the CEO of Executive Essentials (EE). The goal of EE is to equip people with the knowledge and tools to communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection. We teach all the soft skills, that are really hard including; communications, leadership and workplace productivity topics through coaching, training or custom hybrid programs. Founded in 2004, today Executive Essentials is a team of experienced coaches and trainers with that same mission. We understand that people learn differently and create custom live, virtual, and hybrid training and coaching programs to reach all learning styles. Every course we offer is: CUSTOMIZED: Designed specifically with your organization’s needs in mind. INCLUSIVE: Considers the diversity of people and situations in the room. EMPOWERING: Results in increased confidence and willingness to implement the learned skills. INTERACTIVE: Delivered with high energy, engaging all learning styles.


  • Communications
  • Interviewing
  • Team Building