Elizabeth Freedman, Principal

Elizabeth Freedman, MBA, CSP, is a Principal at Bates who advises and coaches executives on developing strategies to gain global influence and credibility, building strong stakeholder relationships, and motivating their employees and teams to deliver business results through outstanding leadership and communication. Through her consultative approach, and backed by rigorous evaluation, she helps C-suite leaders and senior leadership teams at over 20% of the Fortune 500 and has worked with leaders holding a broad range of C-Suite functional and business roles.

Her work includes a deep assessment of performance and communication gaps, team discussion to define vision and strategic objectives, and individual “on your feet” coaching time to create a strong approach that builds and sustains momentum for business initiatives. She is a certified Bates ExPI™ feedback provider. The Bates ExPI™ (Bates Executive Presence Index™) is the first and only research-based, scientifically validated assessment to measure executive presence.

Elizabeth is also a certified Bates LTPI™ feedback provider.  The Bates LTPI™ (Leadership Team Performance Index) shines a light on a team’s collective strengths and gaps, in real time, with the goal of interpreting that data in context with the team’s mission, goals and challenges.

Results Achieved

Elizabeth has an extensive list of clients at the executive level at companies including Textron, Boeing, Dow Chemical, BMS, Infosys, State Street, and Raytheon. Clients seek Elizabeth out to help the best get better through executive advisory and coaching work, strategic team facilitation, and creating alignment and collaboration across teams and organizations to achieve key business objectives.  Her work includes:

  • elevating the executive influence and presence of C-suite leaders
  • building ownership and accountability across leadership teams
  • accelerating the performance of leaders transitioning and onboarding to the C-suite
  • readying high-potential leaders for future challenges
  • ensuring the execution of organizational strategy and change initiatives

Expertise and Credentials

Before joining Bates in 2011, Elizabeth worked at the consulting firms Accenture and marchFIRST. She also served as an MBA Marketing lecturer at Dominican University in Chicago and was a former Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.  Elizabeth is author of Work 101: Learning the Ropes of the Workplace Without Hanging Yourself (Random House). Her expertise on leadership has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, and was a featured coach in The Boston Globe.  She has also appeared on The Moth, the Public Radio show that airs on over 470 public radio stations worldwide.

Elizabeth is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), earning the highest-level designation awarded by the National Speakers’ Association.  She is a dynamic, motivating speaker who has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations, and was a finalist for College Speaker of the Year, awarded by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.


Highlighted Coaching/Consulting Engagements:

Communications Consulting – Multinational Information Technology Services Firm: Focus on coaching cohorts of culturally diverse technical leaders to become more adept at speaking with impact, to build influence and establish credibility with important audiences.

Team Coaching - Biotechnology Company: Prepare CEO and CSO for road show for investment community, develop company story for road show presentation, coach senior team “on their feet” in rehearsal sessions, run Q & A ‘pepper sessions.’

CEO Coaching – Fortune 100 Global Steel Company: Build crisp, clear messaging to corporate leadership, Board and global media (India); heavy focus on accent reduction, voice and articulation.

Executive Coaching - EVP, Fortune 100 Manufacturing Company: Develop executive presence and situation awareness, strengthen peer/lateral relationships; improve overall communications to CEO and Board.

Executive Coaching – SVP, Health Care Organization: Build messaging around product strategy for revenue growth, prepare for client presentations, meetings with CEO and Board presentations.

Executive Coaching – Partner, Private Equity Firm: Build executive presence and influence; develop a powerful, confident speaking style; develop higher visibility with important audiences including major investors, Board and management teams.

Connect with her on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethfreedman