Team

“I was challenged to step outside of my comfort zone in a million different ways.”

Meet the team

Sue Heilbronner and Leah Pearlman have been co-founding, collaborating, co-facilitating, and co-adventuring since they met in 2011 learning the work of Conscious Leadership, created by Jim DethmerDiana Chapman, and Kaley Klemp, co-authors of the bestselling book The 15 Commitments of Conscious LeadershipThis book forms the basis for much of the approach taught at Leadership Camp. Leah and Sue bring very different styles and awarenesses to their co-facilitation, and Camp attendees speak often of the synergies of their approaches.

Sue Heilbronner

Sue is a CEO, founder, speaker, advisor, investor, podcast host, mentor, professor, former civil rights attorney, creative visionary, board member, operator, and catalyst. Sue has been a CEO, President, or Chief Marketing Officer for digital marketing and ecommerce companies since the earliest days of the internet. She began her career as an attorney – last as a federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice. She transitioned to business by founding an online baby gift company in 1999, which she later sold when she joined Discovery Communications, parent company of Discovery Channel and 15 other international networks.

Since Discovery, Sue has led companies in the interactive travel, digital publishing, ecommerce, and online education sectors. Two of these firms had successful exits.

In 2014, Sue co-founded MergeLane, an investment fund focused primarily on companies with at least one female in leadership. Sue has served as the CEO of the fund, and the fund has made investments in 40 companies, primarily in the tech sector. Sue has the privilege of serving as a mentor at Techstars Boulder and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School.

Sue has been teaching Conscious Leadership for the last seven years with portfolio companies, one-on-one executive coaching clients, and companies like Uptake, PlanGrid, Leo Burnett, Ghostery, Shinesty, and Crocs.  She is an avid angel investor in companies with amazing founding teams working on problems she cares about.

Sue earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. and M.A. from Duke University.  

Whether on the trail or in town, Sue is passionate about spotting and mentoring wildly talented business leaders. She’s based in Boulder, CO, but you’ll find her all over the globe for work and play, which are pretty much one and the same for Sue.

Learn more about Sue on her personal site or catch Sue's Real Leaders Podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.

Leah Pearlman

Leah Pearlman began her career in technology, first working for Microsoft for two years as a product manager and community manager, then moving on to become one of the first Product Managers at Facebook in 2006.

At Facebook Leah learned to deliver exceptionally high quality products. She also cultivated a deep appreciation for building a vision-based company in which aligned values drive company and product decisions.

Over five years of rapid growth, Leah worked in a fast-past environment leading  many teams at once whose products interrelated. She developed the skills required to keep teams empowered, informed, and aligned with each other and the company as a whole, while also supporting individuals to focus on their individual output.

Leah found company alignment so essential, that when Facebook grew from 100 to 2000+ employees, she became the head of Internal Communications. Her role was to help keep the company as a whole informed, aligned, and inspired.

Leah left Facebook in 2011 to follow a thread of living inner and outer alignment. She speaks about this transition in her Tedx Boulder talk. She has become deeply interested in living a values-based life, and she enjoys supporting others to do the same. To this end, she spends time learning, coaching, public speaking, teaching, facilitating Leadership Camp and creating inspirational art; her first book, Drawn Together, was published by Penguin in 2016.

Leah earned her degree in Computer Science from Brown University. Learn more about Leah at her personal site.

"Before Camp, I thought I was going to leave my job. Now I'm more engaged than ever."

Lucia Ballard
Engineering Manager, Apple

"Most of our team has gone to Camp, and I can see the impact on our business every day."

Keith Gruen
VP Operations, MeetMindful

"Across our portfolio companies are recognizing the importance of conscious leadership as a critical  skill in developing their organizations.” 

Seth Levine
Managing Director, Foundry Group

"Opened a door to self-awareness that I didn’t even know existed."

Natty Zola
Managing Director, Techstars

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