Meet Michelle

Michelle Tillis Lederman is a people expert who inspires organizations and individuals to build REAL relationships and get real results. Having worked with organizations large and small, she’s identified the common struggle… it’s people challenges.

Michelle began her journey to training and speaking when she became disheartened by the lack of leadership and communication she experienced in corporate America. She is a recovering CPA who spent over a decade in finance. Michelle’s shift began when she wanted to teach hedge fund advisers how to convince her to invest. Michelle realized she was a teacher at heart, and began designing her own ideal career. It was this change that led her to find Executive Essentials a training company that provides communications and leadership programs, as well as executive coaching services, to enable others to excel professionally.

Michelle is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of four books including The Connector’s Advantage, The 11 Laws of Likability, Heroes Get Hired and Nail The Interview – Land The Job. Named by Forbes as one of the top 25 Professional Networking Experts and one of the Top 30 Communications Professionals by Global Gurus, she is also a former NYU professor, financial executive, and recovering CPA. She teaches from experience and shares what she’s learned during her extensive career. Michelle’s clients range from government to academia to non-profit to Fortune 500 companies including; Madison Square Garden, Citi, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Michigan State University, Columbia Business School, Target, Sony, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Michelle received her BS from Lehigh University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, and her PCC accreditation from the International Coaching Federation. She is certified in the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching method.

Michelle lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and two rescued dogs.

Is Michelle Speaking at your event? Watch and download Michelle’s Introduction and Intro Video here.

“I am an animal loving, travel and adrenaline junkie on a mission to make people communicate to connect!”

—Michelle Tillis Lederman


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Books That Help You Strengthen Your Connections in Any Setting

Michelle has written several books that truly help people work better together. From getting the job you want in Nail the Interview, Land the Job and Heroes Get Hired to continuing to build your network in The 11 Laws of Likability and The Connector’s Advantage. Michelle provides the resources to further your success. Featuring real-life anecdotes, activities and self-assessments, her books are easily actionable and perfect for anyone at any level of an organization.


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Michelle In the Media

Michelle has appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, and hundreds of radio shows across the country including; Gayle King, NPR, and Martha Stewart Living. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger, Working Mother, Real Simple, US News & World Report, on MSNBC, and among others. Her book, articles, quizzes and videos have been featured on USA Today, AOL, Forbes, CNBC, and

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