Race, ethnicity, gender, but also age, sexual orientation and personality are some of the many visible and less visible differences that we all have to manage to succeed in our professional lives. At LeadershipCQ, our scientific research shows that there's a robust positive relationship between intercultural intelligence (ICQ) and performance.


As former business executives ourselves, we've experienced that diversity can backfire if not managed well. Beyond well-intended corporate programs, a company can only realize the benefits of diversity when inclusive practices are integrated in the everyday behaviors of its employees and modeled by leadership. Only then will diversity turn into superior value and financial returns.

We provide individual and group Research, Training, and advice/expertise to organizations and schools that are merging with new cultures to help ensure transitional and ongoing success. 

We help our clients to: 

  • Get a deeper understanding of Diversity & Inclusion

  • Create an inclusive community with their peers

  • Understand the complex dynamic of intercultural conflicts

  • Practice Perspective Taking

  • Understand the main features in our brain that drive exclusive behavior


'Vanessa's views on leadership and cultural intelligence are bright and innovative. She goes beyond stereotypes to challenge leaders to detect signs of culture and to practice inclusion in the workplace. She bring tons of positive energy.'

Thomas Bouleuc,

Managing Director at Moet Hennessy Diageo



We listen to testimonials from inclusive leaders. 




Managing Across Cultures (Executive MBA)

ESSEC Business School (Paris & Singapore)

Introduction to Cultural Intelligence  (Executive Education – University of Minnesota)

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Cultural Intelligence for Global Leaders (Executive Education – Sonae)

Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon)

Cultural Intelligence for Global Leaders (Senior Executive program – Various Industry Executives)

Thailand Management Association (Bangkok)


Ambassador of the Advertising Educational Foundation (North America)University of Massachussets (Amherst)