meet our CEO

Search for Kolleen Chesley on LinkedIn and she’s described as a Chief Plate Spinner, Head Cheerleader, and Lead Visionary for women in business. These words are a great summary of her leadership roles over the past 20 years.

In 2004, Kolleen founded Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast, a local nonprofit for women in business who came together during the recovery from a major hurricane and needed collaborative business support. After the storm recovery was complete, the organization continued to thrive and added monthly networking meetings, a podcast and print magazine, annual conferences, and other educational events and opportunities for women in business.

In August 2023, Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast merged with LeadHERship Global. United in purpose, mission and vision, the combined communities serve to advance and accelerate the success of inspiring leaders worldwide. Together, these two communities of women leaders leverage self-directed learning, impactful group experiences, peer advisory services, and expert-led coaching and mentoring to advance the success of women globally.

Kolleen also accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of LeadHERship Global and maintains the roles of chief plate spinner, head cheerleader, and lead visionary supporting a larger community of women committed to breakthroughs, goal-achievement and living up to their true potential.

Kolleen is also an active member in IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area. In her personal time, Kolleen and her husband, Alex enjoy traveling to quaint music festivals, hiking mountains and trails, and laughing with and loving their shelter rescue dog, Zoey.

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No one grows as a leader by themselves. It's impossible. You have to be surrounded by other leaders that are truly genuinely invested in your success. That is where true leadership begins. Of course, every leader needs to be purposeful and intentional about where they spend their time. At LeadHERship Global, you can develop meaningful relationships with other leaders who are transparent, authentic and vulnerable. We provide a safe haven where leaders can be open about their struggles, their challenges, their obstacles. As a member, you get access to the valuable expertise, the lived experience, the unbiased advice, and the objective guidance and feedback from other women who have overcome the challenges you’re facing, and taken advantage of the opportunities right in front of you. And they can help you navigate to that next level of success.

meet our board

of advisors

Linda Fisk

Linda Fisk is a multi-award-winning leader, keynote speaker, podcast host, TEDx speaker, best-selling author and university professor dedicated to amplifying and extending the success of other high-caliber business leaders. She is the CEO of LeadHERship Global, a community of unstoppable women enhancing their leadership blueprint and embracing their power to be the best version of themselves- in work and life. As Chairwoman of LeadHERship Global, Linda supports and guides ambitious, creative women to move in the direction of their purpose, their mission and their dreams with powerful connections, critical support, practical tools and valuable resources to show up, speak up and step up in their careers and personal lives.

Colleen Brown

Experienced Chairman, Corporate Director, CEO and international speaker on disruption and technology, Colleen Brown was recognized in 2019 as a “Most Influential Corporate Director” by Women Inc. Magazine. She has been named by the NACD as a "Top 100 Director in the US", selected NACD “Director of the Year” and Corporate Director Magazine identified Colleen as a “Top 10 Corporate Director You Should Know”. Seattle Business Magazine named her “Outstanding Public Company CEO” and she is a NACD Leadership Fellow and a member of the Aspen Leadership Institute. During her tenure as Director and CEO of Fisher Communications, she was selected as GAMCO Management "Hall of Fame" winner for delivering outstanding shareholder value. Colleen has served in the C-Suite of Belo Corp., a Fortune 1000 company, President of Broadcasting at Lee Enterprises, and as a President at Gannett, a Fortune 100 company.

Gabrielle Bosche

Gabrielle Bosche is a best-selling author of five books, a popular TedX speaker and generational strategist. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Success, NPR, Business Insider Fast Company, Glamour and on Bloomberg Radio for her work helping companies around the world attract, retain and optimize their Millennial workforce. Gabrielle is the author of "5 Millennial Myths: The Handbook for Managing and Motivating Millennials" and the Founder and President of The Millennial Solution, an international training and consulting company bridging the generation gap. Gabrielle self-published her first book at 17, became an elite athlete and won a beauty pageant all before the age of 20. Gabrielle's newest book, "The Purpose Factor: Extreme Clarity for Why You're Here and What to Do About It" provides a practical approach to discovering and using your purpose.

Debby Carreau

Debby Carreau is the CEO & Founder of Inspired HR, respected as one of Canada’s Top HR consultancies serving over 200,000 employees across North America and Europe. She is widely recognized in the media and the business community as a workplace thought leader and author of the book "The Mentor Myth". Debby is a regular guest on multiple national TV news outlets and regularly writes for Entrepreneur Magazine and CNBC about the workplace and careers. Debby has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 25 HR professionals and one of Canada's "Most Powerful Women" four times, marking her entry into Canada's "Top 100 Hall of Fame" as their youngest inductee. She sits on multiple boards including YPO Global and YPO British Columbia, University of Calgary Board of Governors, the Advisory Board for FinDev Canada and two private equity firms.

Cynthia Cleveland

Cynthia Cleveland is a 5-time CEO, served on 10 fiduciary and advisory boards, and an expert in developing, translating and monetizing intellectual property rights into major global consumer brands and new businesses across diverse industries. Cynthia successfully generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales across consumer product, entertainment, and publishing brands. With international business and board experience, Cynthia has a track record of identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends to create new businesses. She has successfully navigated Fortune 500 companies, run a venture backed business, and launched an entrepreneurial digital business. With over 20 years of product development and marketing expertise, Cynthia has successfully directly introduced over 1,000 products with over $4 billion in sales volume for well-known companies such as Universal Studios, Carnation Foods, Mattel Toys, Teleflora floral gifts, and Imaginarium toy stores. She is currently a partner in CEO Coaching International the leading coaching firm for growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs.

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a widely-respected creative leader, who has crafted authentic storytelling together with breakthrough creative, to drive measurable results and foster an environment of innovation. She has successfully managed cross-functional teams on a national and global scale and worked closely with internal and external partners, collaborating to understand, create and deliver superior creative work for global iconic brands. Currently, Rachel is responsible for the creative direction, operations, strategic development and execution of unified, multi-media initiatives to enhance and support the Susan G. Komen brand and fuel the purpose-driven mission of that organization: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Jodi Flynn

Jodi Flynn of "Women Taking the Lead" is an Executive Leadership Coach, Podcaster, Author, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator. Women leaders hire Jodi to develop the skills needed to thrive in Senior Leadership. She is the host of the critically acclaimed "Women Taking the Lead" podcast, and an Amazon bestselling author of the book, "Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing". She is the President of the Board for The Maine Women’s Conference and has been featured in Entrepreneur and Forbes Magazine.

Jacqueline Hayes

Jacqueline Hayes is a four-time author, keynote speaker, impact coach, podcaster, publisher, and CEO of Seyah One Enterprises. Jacqueline is passionate about helping people unveil their true potential, realize their dreams, and achieve excellence in life. She leverages 23+ years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition to empower others for success and greatness. Jacqueline loves connecting with new and amazing people and helping them broaden their horizons and adopt a constructive approach to life. Over the years, Jacqueline has had the luxury to serve in numerous major industries including education, telecommunications, and technology, and she is an avid seeker of knowledge. Jacqueline is the author of “Unfolding: A Woman’s Journey,” “You Are Enough: A Guide to Love, Joy, Peace, Freedom, and Acceptance,” “Blossom: Discover the Beautiful Flower Within,” and “Inspired Living: Beautiful Inspirational Quotes for the Journey.”

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