Professional summary

Lori Dernavich is a Growth Stage Leadership Advisor. Venture investors want their startup CEOs to scale and succeed. Lori makes sure CEOs are equipped to do it.

Investors invest in their startup CEOs because they believe in them, but the skills needed to start a company are very different from the skills needed to scale the company. Lori works with CEOs to uncover strengths and weaknesses and acts as a confidante to the CEO to grow his/her leadership capabilities and drive success.

Prior to founding her business in 2002, Lori spent several years serving as a senior recruiter for Winter Wyman in Boston’s thriving high tech industry, traveled extensively as a corporate leadership coach for the UNICCO Services Company, and was a psychotherapist.

Engagement overview

Because every company is unique, Lori's engagements are highly customized.


• Accounting Management Solutions
• Brigham & Women’s Hospital
• CafeMom
• Canaan Partners Venture Capital
• Coty International
• Cruzan Rum
• Dover Corporation
• Fashion Accessories First (FAF)
• General Atlantic Private Equity
• Hub Angels
• Insight Venture Partners
• JN Phillips Auto Glass
• Knowles Electronics
• Legal Sea Foods
• Lewtan Technologies
• Lumidigm
• Office Environments of New England
• Pillar Financial Advisors
• Sean John
• The Absolut Spirits Company
• Tremor Video
• Vectron International
• Zumba


Two mistakes young CEOs/leaders make:

1. Attempting to establish credibility and power by being aggressive and acting like you have all the answers. You'll gain far more credibility and establish a loyal following by listening and learning when you first begin. Gather information, ask employees for input and get to know them. They know a lot more about the company than you do at that point.

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