Students who participate in the Accelerate Leadership Center program have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with center leaders for leadership and communication coaching.
Students can work one-to-one with professional coaches who have experience advising a diverse range of clientele in the business world, from frontline managers to C-suite executives, as well as entrepreneurs and consultants. These sessions offer students an opportunity to hone their leadership skill sets.
Students participating in the optional Leadership Development Certification program work with coaches to create an individualized action plan. This plan focuses on a student’s personal goals and objectives as related to their MBA experience and future career.
A select team of second-year student coaches are available for one-to-one appointments with students. Accelerate Leadership Center communication coaches support in-class learning related to presentations, interpersonal skills and writing skills. They also provide crucial support for the Masters Career Center through one-to-one feedback and training for mock interviews, resumes, cover letters and elevator pitches.
Leadership Coaching Team
Leanne Meyer, Executive Director and Leadership Coach
As executive director of the Accelerate Leadership Center and program director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, Leanne’s work focuses on assisting leaders to navigate critical inflection points where many have outgrown their professional identity. She coaches leaders in identifying what is important given the demands and responsibilities of their roles, and helps them to develop new skills and behaviors. Influenced by the events in her home country of South Africa, Leanne became interested in the possibility for human change and transformation. She has applied and built her change-agent skills in South Africa, England, Ireland and America. Leanne’s calling is to help leaders make sense of their lives through the reclamation of passion and purpose. She holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology.
Laura Maxwell, Leadership Coach
Laura has been a key player in the development and delivery of the center’s offerings since its founding in 2012, serving as executive director through 2017, and as an instructor and leadership coach. She contributes a deep knowledge of leadership development pedagogy and understands the current leadership needs of corporations. Laura’s passion is helping individuals identify their talents and discover the means to achieve success. Prior to joining the Tepper School, Laura worked as a consultant and coach with DDI, a corporate trainer with UPMC and a career counselor at University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master’s in counseling psychology from Chatham University.
Jarred Lazear, Leadership Coach
Jarred has been dedicated to teaming with individuals transitioning into higher levels of leadership for the past 15 years. In that time, he has partnered with current and aspiring influencers starting in the entrepreneur arena and all the way to the Fortune 500 corporate C-suite. Jarred holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Marshall University and his professional coaching certification from Duquesne University.
Lauren C. Miller, Leadership Coach
Lauren leverages a unique combination of a traditional business background, multiple executive coaching certifications, and experience in both small/boutique and large global consultancies. Prior to joining the Tepper School, Lauren was a program and organizational development consultant leading experience design and transformational change projects for clients such as Nike, Dexcom, BMW, FedEx, and Salesforce. Over the years, Lauren has pivoted her career from a technology-focus to a people-and-team-focus, being particularly curious about leadership during times of organizational change. The common threads in Lauren’s work are systems-thinking, inquiry, and reflection. In addition to coaching and facilitating workshops at the Tepper School, Lauren also speaks and writes about organizational development and leadership topics. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in business administration and entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut, and her master's in organizational learning and change at Northwestern University.