Lela Tepavac, PhD

Lela Tepavac

Lela Tepavac, PhD brings extensive leadership development consulting experience to the WLH team.  She is dedicated to helping leaders build innovative organizations with enabling cultures that attract exceptional people and fully leverage their talents and initiatives. She has deep expertise in supporting leaders with their ability to lead growth or turnaround, build effective governance frameworks, and build organizations that enable creativity and innovation. She also developed a methodology to assess the generational gap between incumbent and emerging leaders – data that is critical in leadership succession planning.

Lela was a Partner at Mercer Delta Consulting from ’93 to ’06 working with senior executives across industries to design and execute strategic organizational change. Lela worked primarily in the areas of strategic change management, organizational diagnosis, executive leadership assessment, CEO evaluation and succession, organizational culture change, Board assessment, intellectual capital building, and change metrics.

Lela has worked with senior leaders of numerous Fortune 500 companies across many industries, including: Citibank; Merrill Lynch; American Reinsurance; The New York Times; PepsiCo; United Airlines; Time Warner Co; Best Western International; Shell; Texaco; Saudi Aramco; Bristol-Myers Squibb; The Limited; International Paper; Ford Motor Company; Unilever; Raytheon; Time Warner; The League of American Orchestras; Boston Consulting Group, etc.

Before this, Lela held a research position at Columbia University where she designed and executed various research studies. Lela has been a contributing author on a number of publications and has collaborated on several books.  Her work in the innovation area was published as a book (Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras). She is a current member of the American Psychological Association, NYHRPS, and METRO.

Lela holds a PhD in social/organizational psychology from Columbia University, New York, an MA in Social Psychiatry from the School of Medicine Zagreb, Croatia, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.