Lelia Gowland helps make work work for women.
Clients often remark that Lelia’s characteristic levity makes speeches on potentially intimidating topics entertaining and fun. A recent event participant noted, “Lelia’s energy, confidence, and approachable personality instills optimism and courage in her clients."
Lelia (rhymes with “Amelia”) started her company because women she knew regularly sought her support in workplace negotiations and career decision-making.
Now a sought after speaker and writer on workplace dynamics for women, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies like GE and Expedia.com and professional associations from across the country.
Considered a thought leader in the field, Lelia is a weekly contributor to Forbes and has been profiled in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire for her unique approach. She was recently honored as one of Gambit Weekly's 40 Under 40, which salutes the "brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans.”
With a Master's in Public Policy and a BA in Sociology, Lelia applies her understanding of political, professional, and cultural systems to support women in the workplace. In her past lives, Lelia has overseen a juvenile detention center, managed a political campaign, and developed and implemented sex education to middle schoolers.
She combines her professional experience and academic foundation with a dynamic, engaging style. Instead of leaving discouraged, participants walk away energized and optimistic, with innovative, actionable strategies to implement in their lives.
Events with Lelia are never “sit 'n' get”. Instead, they're tailored to the audience, funny, and thought provoking – so participants don't end up checking their email under the table. Lelia has addressed diverse audiences including engineers, entrepreneurs, Michiganders with felony convictions, Junior Leaguers, and politically engaged young professionals.
A New Orleans native and enthusiast, Lelia freely uses the word ‘y’all’, has an entire closet dedicated to costuming, and brings the city's joie de vivre to all of her presentations.