From entry level to VP level, organizations lose about 40% of their female talent. Do you recognize this in your organization?

Learn how to develop and retain women by preparing them for challenging transitions into leadership roles.

60% of companies report they are facing a leadership crisis. Do you have enough talent to fill your leadership bench?

Learn how we can collaborate to grow your talent pool

Organizations spend 25% of their training budgets on leadership development. How do you insure your ROI?

Discover how to reduce transition time from an average of 21 months to as low as 12 months.

We deliver innovative and impactful solutions to increase the percentage of female leaders.

Discover how a customized training approach combined with a state of the art Gender Parity Spotlight Survey™ can prepare both the woman and the organization for successful career transitions.

Transitioning Diverse Talent to the Top

We train, coach and consult with organizations to build diverse leadership teams.



We train and develop diverse high-potential talent in major companies to prepare them for leadership roles.

To achieve business goals, you need the best men and women leaders. Building on a custom leader profile, our dynamic workshops, increase the staying power of women by cultivating skills and knowledge needed to effectively accelerate their careers.

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We coach a diverse group of senior leaders to achieve their goals and find professional fulfilment.

By building on strengths, finding fresh perspectives, and improving interpersonal effectiveness, our clients improve their professional confidence and success.

At Leverage HR, we have certified, experienced coaches with specialities in:

  • performance coaching
  • career coaching
  • executive coaching

To create a positive impact on long-term success.

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We work with world class companies to build diverse leadership teams. We begin by assessing the current state with the Gender Parity Spotlight™ survey. We use this baseline to define actions the company can take to build a strong foundation to retain and grow women.

A good foundation is based on four pillars:

  1. Competency
  2. Connections
  3. Career cycle
  4. Culture

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What is stopping women in your organization from moving into leadership?

The Gender Parity Spotlight™ (GPS) survey is the first research based survey that measures the unique challenges women face when pursuing leadership roles and spotlights concrete recommendations organizations can take to remove them.

CEOs consistently identify “having the talent I need to drive my business” as one of their top three imperatives. To achieve business goals, you need the best men and women leaders. While women represent over half the available talent pool, organizations struggle to retain and grow talented women.

The GPS:

  • asks women what they need to move up;
  • measures barriers across three dimensions;
  • is an easy to administer and scalable tool;
  • provides the baseline to create a targeted strategy to retain and grow your organization’s talented women.

GPS survey dimensions:

The GPS provides a measurable way to create a customized, targeted strategy to retain and grow your organization’s talented women. For more information or a summary of the report, contact us.

Women Leaders – The Power of Working Abroad

Sapna Welsh and Caroline Kersten, firm partners, released their second book “Women Leaders – The Power of Working Abroad”. After their first book was endorsed by global leaders and recognized by Get Abstracts, the authors wanted to write this book to re-energize efforts to support aspiring women accelerate their professional development in response to growing organizational demands to expand and diversify talent pipelines.

“In order to meet the leadership demands companies are facing, it is imperative to look beyond traditional leadership development methods to get more women into talent pipelines. I recommend this book for all women (and men too) who seek to accelerate their path to leadership by working and living abroad.” — Mike Dulworth, President & CEO, Executive Networks, Inc. and author of The Connect Effect 

About Us

At Leverage HR we transition diverse talent to the top. Our team of leadership coaches and facilitators support diversity and inclusion efforts across the US and Europe through Leadership Coaching, Facilitation, Consulting, and Workshops. We have trained and coached high potential talent with some of the most notable Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 organizations, and NGOs. Leverage HR coaches and facilitators focus on inspiring their clients to leverage their talents to maximize their personal leadership and achieve their goals.

We frequently speak on the topic of diversity in leadership at various conferences and panels in various cities in Western Europe and the U.S..  We have also published two books and many articles and blogs on the topic to ensure that we can continue to bring current thinking to the work we do.

Regardless of client, geography, or language, we are a values-driven organization, where we always:

  • Collaborate with our clients to identify the appropriate solution;
  • Commit to deliver the highest quality services, on time and with a personal touch;
  • Bring our passion and expertise to deliver solutions that make impactful change.

The Team


Caroline Kersten

Caroline draws on a wide variety of skills and experiences when working with clients in international work environments. She has over 20 years of  experience as both a business strategy consultant and HR leader, and has lived and worked in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and currently Germany. In 2011 she joined Leverage HR as Partner and has since developed and implemented solutions to create diverse leadership teams. Before joining Leverage HR, Caroline worked for both profit and non-profit organizations, including Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG, De Lage Landen, Dutch Ministry of Justice, and technology start-up Civolution.

Caroline is fluent in Dutch, English, German and French. She is committed to developing female talent through training and coaching, as well as being an instructor and guest lecturer at various German universities.

Caroline holds a Masters degree in European Studies and a Masters Degree in Dutch Law, both from the University of Amsterdam, as well as an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is an active member of the networks B.F.B.M. and PWN Global, and is Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Bonn International School. Caroline, her husband and two daughters currently reside in Germany.

Sapna Welsh

Sapna has over twenty years of experience delivering talent development solutions to positively impact business results. She builds on her own various professional transitions ranging from corporate to to entrepreneur; and from domestic to international, to coach and train women for professional fulfillment and success. She has worked for: JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Financial, Deloitte, and technology start-up e-Bank.

The red thread that runs throughout her career is a commitment to women’s leadership development. Sapna has been featured in Diversity Careers magazine for successfully leading an executive steering committee through the process of establishing an integrated diversity strategy at a Fortune 500 organization. She was involved with the initial ground breaking steps of rolling out a firm wide gender initiative which contributed to the increase of women leaders at the firm by nearly 30% over several years.

Sapna holds a Masters degree from The Ohio State University, a BBA in IB from The George Washington University, and licensure as a Professional of Human Resources and Registered Corporate Coach. She is also certified in various assessments. She is committed to her family, community, and profession. She previously served as an HR adjunct faculty member at Franklin University and served on the Human Resources curriculum advisory board. She is the National Programming Committee Chair with Women for Economic Leadership Development, and sits on the Programming Committee for NDCC. Sapna, her husband and three children currently reside in Ohio.

Bastian Broer

Bastian is an expert in cross-cultural training and team building and works with organizations to facilitate intercultural cooperation between work teams in Germany, US, Japan, China and Israel. Well versed in multiple cultures and languages, Bastian serves as an advisor to many global organizations to increase productivity and efficiency among cross-cultural teams. He also has a strong reputation in pre-departure expatriate training. He has worked for IFIM (Institute for Intercultural Management) and Fuji Bank, among others. Bastian is Leverage HR’s cross-cultural expert.

Begonia Vazquez Merayo

Begonia is a true cosmopolitan. With over 20 years working experience in global leading organizations in different countries and continents, she is an expert in strategic and operational brand management, development of global growth strategies and management of intercultural teams. She strengthens the innovation and competitiveness of German organizations by recruiting and integrating international talent. Born in Spain she holds her studies in International Business Administration in Spain and in France. Begonia is Leverage HR’s Consultant, Coach and Trainer, located in Munich, Germany.


Christa is a certified professional coach with over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources. Much of her career has been spent working with IT clients in Financial Services, Retail and Start-up environments. Working for so many years with employees and managers across multiple levels has provided her with valuable insight into the challenges that so many workers today face as well as solutions that helped them achieve their career goals. She has her BA in Psychology and her Professional Coaching Certification and strives to understand clients’ unique goals, motivations and values to tailor her approach to assist clients to maximize their potential.

Shawn Garrett

Shawn Garrett, MA Coach and Learning Development Consultant Shawn specializes in developing coaching and learning solutions that maximize business results. She brings over 20 years of experience providing Consulting, Training, Performance Coaching, Leadership, and Employee Development solutions to mid and large-sized domestic and international companies such as Chase, Mt. Carmel Hospitals, and Barclays Bank. She has implemented distance learning solutions and provided coaching to both technical and non-technical professionals, developing skills and improving overall engagement. She earned both her MA and BS in Education at The Ohio State University.

Vicki Johnston

Development Expert with over 25 years of her career dedicated to professional training and development. Within this role she has been responsible for helping others become aware of their own growth opportunities through Training, Coaching and Mentorship.

Prior to becoming independent, she was employed by DHL, the largest courier company in the world and has extensive experience in managing and developing people in various supervisory and management roles, putting her in an ideal position to be able to relate to real business issues that her clients and delegates face on a day to day basis.

Viki is British and currently lives in Southern California with her Husband and Daughter, she is a self-confessed lifelong learner with a passion for helping other achieve their own goals.

Bob Welsh

Bob is a change leader who leverages over 25 years of experience leading large scale business transformation through the alignment of culture, processes, programs, and systems. He leads Talent & Learning functions for Fortune 500 and Global 200 companies domestically and internationally.

He is also a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences both in the US and Europe, an executive coach, and serves as an advisor to Leverage HR.

See Us In Action

Caroline’s session was really thought provoking and made very relevant to our careers.

—Fleur Newman, UNFCCC Gender Focal Point

The cross-cultural seminar was an excellent preparation for my job in the US and for our start as a family.

—Ben Holstein, Manager Plant Engineering, Voith Hydro, Inc.

Sapna brought awareness to the inequities that continue to exist between men and women and offered specific strategies for organizations to actively diminish those unfair standards.

—Josefino Rivera, TEDx event Chief Organizer

Thank you again for pushing me to learn about other areas of the business, network, build my board and have the courage to beat my own path.

Bernie Washington, Deputy Chief of Staff Novant Healthcare