Lara Dolnik and Shveta Pillai are the co-founders and visionaries behind LeadStyle.  Between them they have 40+ years of global, corporate experience across multiple industries and Fortune 500 organizations. They are ICF credentialed coaches certified in the MBTI, Gallup StrengthsFinder, EQi , and Integrative System Dynamics for Organizations. Together, they hold a law degree, an MBA, a psychology degree with a dissertation in persuasion and identity, and a corporate communications degree–all from top tier universities. Their specialties include leadership alignment, persuasive and organizational communications, team development, organizational development, and training and facilitation.

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Lara A. Dolnik

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive, leadership & strategic communications
  • Executive and leadership coaching
  • Maximizing next-level, human growth potential
  • Team growth and talent development workshops

Business Background and Experience

Lara is a Certified Leadership & Executive Coach, as well as a sought-after Trial & Communications Strategist. She works withexecutives, professionals and thought-leaders of tomorrow who want to succeed and to play bigger in their worlds. For nearly 20 years, she has empowered her clients to find their authentic voice, claim their story and tell it compellingly, especially under hostile, crisis conditions. Lara’s clients hail from Australia and the APAC region, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, as well as the United States. They have been involved in a variety of industries including: accounting, banking & finance; engineering; entrepreneurial endeavors; higher education; information technology; insurance and re-insurance; law; manufacturing; medicine; medical technology; oil & gas and technology.

Qualifications & Professional Certifications

  • Law Degree (LLB) – The Australian National University – Canberra, Australia
  • First Class Honors Degree in Science (Psychology) – The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Dissertation: Identity and Persuasion
  • Certified Leadership & Executive Coach
  • Certified Organizational Systems Facilitator, The Institute for Integrative System Dynamics, in conjunction with The Bert Hellinger Institute of the Netherlands
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Diagnostics: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach; EQ-I; Eq-I 360

Lara’s 3P LeadStyle Overview

Professional Leadership Activities: Certified Leadership & Executive Coach; Trial & Communications Strategist; Leadership coaching with undergraduates, post-graduates and faculty; facilitating conflict management and managing influence workshops; coaching student coaches at Doerr Institute of New Leaders at Rice University

Personal: Travel adventures with her husband; photography; meditation; avid reader and consumer of music and arts; Board Member for Clarity Center for A New Way (a not for profit in Houston, Texas), taking adventures with family, friends and adopted nieces from all over the world. You can find photos of my recent travels at www.instagram.com/laraadolnik/

Physical: Pilates; yoga; walking; finding any excuse to dance; nature – see travel.

Shveta E. Pillai

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational development and business readiness
  • Executive and Leadership coaching
  • Project management leadership and team growth
  • Project management leadership and team growth
  • Leadership capability development workshops

Business Background and Experience

Shveta is an ICF Certified Coach. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a leader and advisor to small businesses and global Fortune 500 organizations across a variety of industries. She partners her coaching process with her consultative expertise in leading multi-faceted change efforts for large- scale process optimization and technology transformation programs. Shveta has coached and advised clients on multiple facets impacting executive leadership and employee commitment to business goals and outcomes, including business readiness, organizational structure, executive alignment, communications, and employee experience. She is recognized for her persistence and tenacity in coaching leaders through transformational and systemic changes. Her career span includes working with leaders from entrepreneurial start-ups to global, multinational organizations. Shveta’s clients come from the APAC and EMEA regions; Africa, Europe, the Middle East as well as the United States. They have been involved across a variety of industries including: oil & gas; healthcare; higher education; technology; entrepreneurial endeavors; foodservice; retail.

Qualifications & Professional Certifications

  • Master in Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Corporation Communications, University of Texas at Austin
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
  • Diagnostics: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); EQ-I; EQ-I 360

Shveta’s 3P LeadStyle Overview

Professional Leadership Activities: Certified ICF Coach, Organizational Development with specialty in executive and stakeholder alignment, Leadership coaching and facilitating leadership development workshops at Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University

Personal: Mindfulness meditation; journaling; R&B, pop culture, and live music genres; Voice over reading with her daughters; Dress For Success Corporate Guild; 15-year book club member; donating to children and education charities

Physical: Strength Training; Pilates


I highly recommend their process for someone trying to get to the next level

A. P., Multi-National Oil & Gas Company

I have emerged as a more confident, influential and patient leader in every aspect of my life. While I expected such results in my professional life after my initial sessions, what I didn’t expect was how it would translate to my role as a father, husband, son, community volunteer and friend. The growth and self-discovery I’ve enjoyed from our coaching sessions transcends the workplace and has reignited my growth as a person, not just as a professional.

V.M., Global Non-Profit Organization

...they were able to incorporate the different changes occurring on a personal level into my professional development. I’m extremely thankful to them for helping me seamlessly integrate my professional and personal priorities, and guiding me onto a path of all-round success, happiness and satisfaction.

S.B., National Healthcare System

...gave me the tools to harness my feelings and acknowledge the outside world around me, without giving into options that take me away from my plans. It’s a weight lifted off my chest. I can breathe again. And it feels so good. This isn’t over; this is a lifestyle change. But now I have the confidence and tools to channel my emotions, to own them, to shape them and to use them to move forward.

S.K., Author