Connie Freeman is an Executive Consultant
with LeadFirst Learning Systems. Connie is a passionate and committed professional with over 20 years of experience assessing, coaching and developing leaders to achieve personal and organizational success. She thinks strategically, operates practically and seeks to have business impact. Her focus is on helping leaders challenge convention, encourage innovation and do things that matter. Connie has coached executives and facilitated leadership development experiences in various industries and countries, including healthcare, financial services, consumer products, manufacturing, and the public sector. She has also worked internally, most recently as SVP Enterprise Leadership Development at Bank of America, and understands what it takes to successfully lead change from the client side.
In addition to coaching and developing leaders, Connie has held increasingly senior roles in consulting firms where she was seen as an effective and credible leader. Connie was Practice Director for Leadership and Talent with HayGroup, General Manager for SHL Canada and then Vice President of the Assessment Consulting Practice for SHL Americas (now CEB SHL). In these leadership roles, Connie coached senior leaders from South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and the US. She facilitated leadership programs for a global pharmaceutical in Germany, for the banking sector in Singapore, and for numerous clients across North America. She served as an assessor for several SHL clients utilizing Assessment Centers for leadership development and succession planning, including the United Nations Development Program. While at HayGroup, Connie received the Innovation Award for creating a development program that was adopted and facilitated worldwide. She also received the Team Award “in recognition for outstanding teamwork in contributing to advancing the firm’s strategic goals and values.” All of these experiences have shaped Connie’s approach to how she coaches and consults with leaders to improve their personal and professional impact and influence.
Connie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication and her Master of Arts in Organization Communication. She has also completed doctoral studies in Organization Communication and Management. She is a member of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has been an invited speaker at professional associations and conferences. Connie currently resides in the Charlotte area with her husband, John.