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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As our company embarked on a series of strategic changes, Lori's input has proven invaluable. Her coaching encouraged feedback from our cross functional teams to help develop my management style into a more collaborative approach. With Lori's help I have found a new appreciation for leadership, the skills required, and a successful team

Patrice Flanagan, Executive VP Slade Gorton & Co

I've been working with Lori Dernavich for the last 6 or 7 years and we would not hire any mid-level or senior level manager at AMS without engaging Lori to assess and screen our candidates.

We find the information to be incredibly valuable as she gives us the red flags and areas to focus on with perspective candidates.

Lori has a great style and is direct and to the point when we debrief after she has done an assessment for one of our candidates. I would recommend her to everyone who wants to improve their hiring process

Jim Bourdon, CEO & Founder Accounting Management Solutions, Inc