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About

Leilani M. Brown

Leilani Brown is an advisor to executives and boards on strategy, communications, crisis management, inclusion, and equity.

In Leilani’s most recent role as Senior Vice President for Stride, Inc., the country’s largest and leading virtual learning organization, her work focused on career readiness, workforce development, and the future of work. As an award-winning marketing and communications executive, Leilani also previously served as the chief marketing officer for global insurance organization Starr Companies. She also held positions at The Economist Group, MetLife, and American International Group.

Throughout her career, Leilani has been active on several boards. She serves on the board of Middlebury College, her alma mater. Leilani is also the former board secretary for the Executive Leadership Council, the pre-eminent member organization for global Black executives.

In 2016, Leilani published her first book, From Campus to Cubicle: 25 Tips for Your First Professional Year, and has emerged as a thought leader on workforce development, equity and inclusion, and the future of work. Her opinion articles have been published in various media outlets including Newsweek, Fortune, and Scary Mommy.

Leilani received her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.  

About Leilani Brown, LLC

About

Leilani M. Brown

advisor to executives and boards on strategy, communications, crisis management, inclusion, and equity.
Leilani M. Brown

Leilani is an advisor to executives and boards on strategy, communications, crisis management, inclusion, and equity.  

Prior to founding her firm, Leilani was an award-winning executive at leading companies including Stride (formerly known as K12), Starr Companies, The Economist Group, MetLife, and American International Group.

Leilani serves on the board of Middlebury College, her alma mater where she chairs the strategy and programs committee and co-chairs the diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

Previously, Leilani served on the board of Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, Long Island as well as secretary for the Executive Leadership Council, the pre-eminent member organization for global Black executives as well as other non-profit and education boards.

Her book From Campus to Career: 25 Tips for Your First Professional Year, is a second edition of the celebrated and definitive career advice guide for interns, new graduates and young professionals and she has been a featured keynote speaker at numerous colleges and universities, companies, conferences, and national events.

Her opinion articles have been published in various media outlets, including Newsweek, Fortune, and other leading publications.  

Leilani received her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.

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The Sweetgrass Basket as the icon

A nod to her surroundings in Charleston, SouthCarolina, Leilani’s brand icon is a sweetgrass basket.  The sweetgrass basket is South Carolina’s official state handcraft and one of the oldest surviving African art forms in the United States.  Basket makers use a special coiled weaving technique to create unique and intricate designs – no two are the same.
 
Inspired by this tradition passed, Leilani creates unique frameworks for her clients through thoughtful process and expertise, creating impact that endures.

About the Firm

Leilani Brown, LLC is a boutique consultancy providing strategic advising and consulting services to
businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and boards. 

How We Work:

Our firm takes a bespoke approach to each engagement and enlists collaborators––in lieu of employees, associates, or partners––to leverage the expertise of best-in-class thought leaders and experienced professions for each project we approach.

Our Values:

  • Curiosity – We want to know.
  • Courage – We will ask the hard but necessary questions.
  • Truth – We will say what needs to be said.
  • Empathy – We will meet you where you are and seek to educate, not embarrass.

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