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


August 4th, 2022

15 Strategies to Make Networking Feel More Natural

Feel awkward when you network? Try these tips to make it feel more organic and even fun.

June 27th, 2022

14 Essential Qualities of a Great Leader

An exceptional leader is defined both by the accomplishments of their organization and their personal characteristics that contribute directly to that success.

May 2nd, 2022

11 Tips for Reconnecting With Unengaged Customers

Taking the time to understand client needs can guide efforts to reconnect and maintain connections with customers.

December 16th, 2021

12 Skills Business Leaders Should Hone to Level Up Their Leading Abilities

Prioritizing the development of leadership skills helps build organizations that can last long term.


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