Vanessa Chehlawi, based in Toronto, is an active member of the Leadership Advisory Practice. She leverages her experience in advising clients on solving leadership challenges, and developing their teams, themselves, and their organization’s culture. She helps support clients on Executive Assessment & Development, Succession Planning, Team Dynamics, Diversity & Inclusion and Resilience engagements.
What energizes me most is working with people and striving to understand what deeply motivates them. My goal is to help organizations and individuals thrive through leadership and development advice.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Vanessa was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. While serving clients across Canada, the U.S., and Australia, she led digital transformations and managed teams to design and deliver agile capability building programs and implement new operating models. Before McKinsey, Vanessa held positions in silicon photonics research at the University of Surrey, and solution architecture at Ericsson.
Vanessa graduated from McMaster University with a double major in Engineering Physics and in Management, specializing in nanotechnology, and then earned an MEng in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside work, Vanessa feels passionate about the refugee crisis, and offers support through work with NGOs in Canada and in Lebanon, her home country. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, dance, traveling, culinary experiences and learning new languages.