Who We Are

Vera Leonard

veraleonard Vera Leonard is President and Founder of The Intentional Leader. She is a graduate-level, academically trained Executive Coach certified by The University of Texas and the International Coach Federation.  With almost thirty years of senior-level business experience, her background includes Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Sales and Chief Executive Officer. She has served in leadership positions with large multi-billion dollar firms as well as venture capital start-up organizations. She has led award winning sales teams to market leading positions while delivering unprecedented financial performance.

Vera coaches senior business leaders, high-potential managers, and their teams. Clients rely on Vera’s pragmatic approach and mentoring style to help them deliver visible results aligned with their organization’s strategic goals, values, and political culture. Vera is on staff at The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (UTD).  UTD’s Executive MBA program, ranked #1 in the state of Texas, has employed Vera’s skills as an executive and group coach for their EMBA students since 2005.

In her coaching engagements, Vera uses industry leading assessments for personal and professional development and team effectiveness. Vera brings her real-world experience to frontline leaders focusing on leadership development through coaching, training, and individual consultation. She has a specialty focus in helping high-performing professionals step up to new levels of performance by identifying potential career derailers, guiding career progression and leveraging their strengths to achieve their goals.

Contact Vera: vera.leonard@theintentionalleader.org


Linda Lakitsky


Linda Lakitsky brings more than twenty years of experience leading and developing sales and marketing teams to her role as Executive Consultant.  Linda partners with clients to assess, develop, and execute powerful training and coaching solutions that increase productivity, improve performance, and inspire a continual focus on excellence.  She specializes in consulting with clients to achieve measurable advances in the areas of leadership, communication, and sales.

Linda’s unique background, which includes extensive experience in both business and education, brings distinct advantages to her role as a consultant.  She draws on her recent and relevant experience as a leader in management, marketing, training, and sales to assess the professional development needs of her clients, while applying her educational expertise to design and deliver highly interactive, blended learning solutions that focus on measurable outcomes.

Linda spent over 15 years gathering her corporate experience, most recently as the Executive Director of Sales Training and Leadership Development for Siemens Healthcare.  Prior to her tenure with Siemens, Linda held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing for industry-leading organizations such as Bayer Diagnostics and Abbott Laboratories.

Linda holds a B.S. in Education, and is a certified educator with expertise in instructional design, curriculum development, and program implementation that adhere to the proven principles of adult learning.

Contact Lindalinda.lakitsky@theintentionalleader.org


Valerie Pelan


Valerie has twenty-plus years of leadership experience at ATT and EDS in product management, global sales, regulatory affairs and new product implementation. She provides her clients a strategic and global perspective that combines her business experience with a current view of the competitive and ever changing global marketplace.

She provides leadership development and coaching for businesses and organizations in a variety of industries from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit Boards. Some of her recent clients are Hyatt, Novation, AAFES, PepsiCo, ATT, BLS, and United Copper.

Her clients agree that she provides a strategic perspective on leadership that improves a person’s performance and positively impacts their career and business results.

Valerie’s coaching areas of expertise are: strategic perspective, executive presence-role model, and cross organizational collaboration; she consults with companies on workforce and cultural dynamics, team leadership, and emotionally intelligent communication skills. Valerie was featured in Jan. 2009 Dallas Business Journal column: “Two Minutes with Leadership Guru”.

Valerie is past president and executive board member of Dallas Association of Business Economists, Executive Women of Dallas, and Theatre Three; she has served on International Coaching Federation (ICF) DFW chapter Executive Board; the Education Committee of the global ICF; and, has served as an ICF coach assessor for coaches seeking ICF credentials. She received her PCC coaching certification and training from University of Texas Dallas Graduate School of Management. She speaks at National and global conferences on Coaching, leadership, and communication. She has MBA in Economics and is an adjunct professor.

Contact Valerievalerie.pelan@theintentionalleader.org