Elizabeth Coffey

Elizabeth Coffey is an internationally recognized author, consultant and speaker focusing on leading strategic culture and organizational change, cross-cultural diversity and developing CEOS, Boards and senior managers to be strong global leaders.

Elizabeth founded Spark Leadership in 2005 to advise Board Executives on leading change in their people and their organizations . Prior t o this, Elizabeth led the UK Leadership Capabilities practice at Mercer Delta Consulting Ltd. She joined Mercer Delta from The Change Partnership which was acquired by Whitehead Mann / Korn Ferry.

Her vast years of consulting with CEOs and their top teams resulted in the book entitled 10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake and How to Put Them to Bed. A sample of other publications includes: The End of Tolerance? which outlined Elizabeth’s practical approach to business diversity issues. Elizabeth co-authored The Changing Culture of Leadership Women Leaders’ Voices a research-based book about women leaders across 20 industries in the UK. , She has developed a portfolio of FTSE 250 companies in which she led numerous diversity projects on gender, ethnicity, and culture. Liz was invited to present this work internationally that has contributed to global viewpoints on diversity in the corporate and public sectors.

Liz has received numerous awards over the past decade, which includes: 2007 Mentor of the Year (Women of the Future Awards) and 2001 European Woman of Achievement of Award (for work on diversity). Invited by the British High Commission, Elizabeth joined the exclusive 2008 UK trade delegation to Mumbai. Elizabeth frequently speaks internationally at business schools, leadership conferences, sector specific conferences and global summits. She is a Master Trainer of Trainers in Political Savvy.

A sample of Elizabeth’s leadership clients include GSK, AstraZeneca, PwC, Accenture, Nortel Networks, British Airways, Goldman Sachs, Capital One, Prudential, Ford of Europe, HM Civil Service, Unilever plc, Virgin Airways, Merrill Lynch, Xerox Europe, EDF energy, Deutsche Bank, the BBC and with Cabinet Ministers. She has worked across sectors at Board level.

Elizabeth is an elected Board Member of Forum UK, an invitation-only network of 200+ of the UK’s top women leaders. For 5 years, she was the Non-Executive Director of Green Bay Media, a Bafta-winning independent film company.

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