Leda has spent more than thirty years in technology and the financial services industry, ten of those years as a CIO, CTO, and independent consultant/business owner. She has successfully led two corporate spin-offs to become IT organizations for standalone companies. first opportunity to drive one of these efforts was as a newly "minted" CIO promoted from middle management at ING and selected to be one of twelve executives asked to sell and lead three of the broker/dealer firms through the sale and divestiture process. The second time around leading a spin-off, she was a seasoned executive turned independent consultant leveraging her experience to bring best practices to the effort.
has a program management background and has been responsible for leading programs as large as $35 million and up to 150 people across multiple physical locations. She has extensive experience in staffing and creating teams to implement strategic projects and a proven ability to lead the strategic planning and technical road-mapping process for a 900-employee organization.
Her passion is to share the lessons of technology leadership from the perspective of someone who learned the hard way, in day-to-day combat in the trenches, with the team, successfully executing hundreds of projects through shifting priorities and the changing demands of the corporate world.
book How to Lead a Corporate Spin-Off reached number one international bestseller status within forty-eight hours of being published on Amazon. She is a speaker, consultant, and executive coach available to help clients and transform their organization through change. Her experience helps others by having a trusted advisor available as a partner.
Since retiring from corporate positions in mid-2016, she has started her own consulting company, Strategic Tech Consulting and an executive and transformational coaching practice. Her latest passion is teaching people how to meditate as a primordial sound meditation instructor with the Chopra Center.
Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of "The Grit Project," is one of the first U.S. Army Women Apache helicopter captains and pilots. From the cockpit to the boardroom, Huffman Polson shares stories of grit and leadership to help others overcome fear, break through uncertainty, and reach their full potential. Huffman Polson is a woman of many firsts. Among those high points: She is one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces, where she served on three continents and led two flight platoons and a line company.
After nearly a decade as an Army officer and attack aviation leader, and later, as a leader and manager in the corporate sector at Guidant and Microsoft, she turned her attention to storytelling, sharing the stories of remarkable female leaders and trailblazers through her “Grit Project” and other writing endeavors.
Drawing on a distinguished military and corporate career, she reveals her lessons learned and leadership strategies to help individuals harness their inner strength, move beyond resistance, and attain their goals. With an emphasis on grit – which she describes as a dogged determination in the face of difficult circumstances – she demonstrates how to tap into that passion and resolve so anyone can face their limitations, sense of purpose, and become a leader of greatness.
Kevin Eastman is a corporate speaker and an internationally known basketball clinician who brings his knowledge and experience in sports to the business world. He speaks on various topics, including championship culture, teamwork, leadership, motivation and individual success. Over his 40 years in the game, Eastman has coached basketball at all levels, including 13 years in the NBA. He was a top assistant to Doc Rivers with the 2008 NBA World Championship Boston Celtics, and most recently served as an assistant coach and vice president of basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Eastman has worked with or coached an impressive group of current and future NBA All Stars both as a coach and as Nike Basketball’s director of player development for the nation’s elite college and high school players. He continues his work with young elite players through USA Basketball and speaking to Nike audiences.
Eastman was raised in Haddonfield, N.J., and attended the University of Richmond, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was a scholarship student-athlete at Richmond, and in recognition of his unique qualities as a basketball player, the university created the Kevin Eastman Award. The award, which has been handed out just five times in program history, is given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of team leadership, dedication, and outstanding play. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at both Haddonfield Memorial High School and the University of Richmond.