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Raleigh Mayer, the Gravitas Guru and principal of Raleigh Mayer Consulting, helps leaders elevate presence, enhance communication, and become more sophisticated at managing their relationships and reputations. She is an advisor, coach, educator, and speaker, serving large corporations, private firms, and individual executives.
Raleigh has counseled and trained dozens of CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs, as well as thousands of business leaders from Fortune 500 companies, representing a wide variety of enterprises including financial services, technology, government, the armed forces, advertising, law, consumer products, non-profit, and public interest groups. Some of her signature presentations and seminars include “Getting to Gravitas”, “Persuasive Presentation”, “Natural Networking”, and “The Seven Ups of Successful Leadership”.
Currently a senior fellow at the Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership, Raleigh is also an instructor at Barnard College’s Athena Center for Women’s Leadership, and a lecturer at Harvard Business School. A frequent presenter at Columbia University’s Master in Business Administration programs, Raleigh has served as a coach for New York University’s Stern School of Business, and was an adjunct professor of marketing and management at NYU for more than 20 years.
Raleigh was recently appointed executive presence correspondent for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law, and business, and she is quoted regularly in executive resource articles in the Wall Street Journal.
In her previous position as vice president and spokesperson for the New York City Marathon, Raleigh provided strategic counsel on all public affairs and press matters, directed publicity for corporate sponsors, and was instrumental in the exponential growth and development of the event.
In addition, Raleigh has served as official emcee for the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series, event commentator for the MSG network, and has been a featured guest on prime-time national network news shows.
She is also a contributor to “The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively”, by Helio Fred Garcia (FT Press 2012). and “Reputation Management: The Key to Successful Public Relations and Corporate Communication”, by John Doorley and Helio Fred Garcia (Routledge; 3rd edition (February 17, 2015).
She has been a featured on many network news and talk-format broadcasts, and has had several dozen letters to the editor published, in business journals such as Crain’s and Inc. Magazine, and in almost every section of The New York Times.
Currently a board member of the Financial Women’s Association, Raleigh is also a founding member of Women in Sports and Events, a professional organization for executives in the industry.
A native New Yorker, Raleigh received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Theater Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont, and was first employed as a reporter for Park East News, a Manhattan culture monthly. She has also completed three NYC Marathons, including one sub-four hour finish, and performs in cabaret programs with the 92nd Street Y.
“Raleigh has a true flair for assessing individual needs and connecting closely with clients, which is essential when advising on delicate issues and coaching on critical communication matters.”
~ Fred Garcia, President, Logos Consulting Group
Alex Tyler - VP, Digital Marketing & Channels, TIAA-CREFF Financial Services
“Raleigh is a master at managing different experience levels and objectives, and has developed a unique style of delivery to combine both education and entertainment in a complementary package.
“She is adept at addressing real-world and real-work issues regarding communication, presence, and reputation, and quickly customizing the tone and content of her programs to best meet the needs of the audience, using everything from humor to current events and recent research to underscore her themes and points.”
Linda Descano, CFA - President & CEO, Women & Co., Citibank, N.A.
“I invited Raleigh to speak to my team on powerful image and impression‐making and observed her “in action” as a speaker at other professional events. I can attest to her abilities in both facilitating a group and delivering information in a well‐paced, well‐thought‐out, and robustly developed program. She is able to draw out individual members of the group as well as host relevant discussion and manage productive debate, all with a sense of drama, fun, and focus.
“As a presenter, Raleigh’s approach is down‐to‐earth and friendly, as well as intellectual and sophisticated. I continually put into play the practical and effective techniques and specific tips I have learned from her coaching and training programs.”
Helio Fred Garcia - Executive Director, Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership
“Raleigh is regarded as THE women's leadership presence/communication coach in NYC, and is among the most effective and successful leadership consultants, with particular expertise in gender-specific challenges, opportunities, and techniques. At Logos she is the go-to person when we have a female executive who needs some tough love on how to reverse self-marginalization and to advance to top executive levels.”