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about Rhonda

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Rhonda Joy McLean is the President and CEO of RJMLEADS LLC, a leadership consultant company launched in 2019.  She is the former Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc., where she managed one-third of the Law Department and oversaw legal compliance and data privacy protocols for over 200 clients and 22 brands for nearly twenty years, including  People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Time, Money and Essence.  A co-author of two popular books on leadership development for women that she wrote with her friends and business partners Elaine Meryl Brown and Marsha Haygood, entitled “The Little Black Book of Success” series, Ms. McLean is also a principal of LEADS LLC, a company she runs with her co-authors. Ms. McLean is also a contributing author to "Sacred Sistering: A Devotional for Women of Color Ministry Leaders," published in February, 2022 by Vine Publishing Inc. 

Leadership Consulting & Career Advancement

Rhonda Joy McLean

“I am a change agent, able to lead many people across a multitude of differences to accomplish extraordinary things.” 

Rhonda Joy McLean is an experienced attorney, published author, management executive, leadership consultant, noted motivational speaker, a former college professor and a classically trained musician.


In addition to her legal career and board service in the public and private sectors, she has developed leadership development programs for organizations and career advancement strategies for individuals.  Her energy and intellect are catalytic and dynamic.

Impacting and Empowering Leadership Development at All Levels

Services can be provided virtually or in person, as appropriate and available.



  • Skilled Facilitator/Convener for global and national conferences, organizational retreats, board strategic planning sessions, and more.


  • Keynote Addresses and Motivational Speeches for local, regional, national and international conference, conventions, commencements and more on an array of subjects, including “Be the Change!”  and “Take a Flying Leap into Life!



  • Customized Workshops and Presentations for boards, employee resource groups (ERG’s) and affiliate networks, graduate school, university, seminary and high school faculties and students, community leaders and organizations -in the private, public and academic sectors - on topics ranging from “Strategic Planning” to “Managing Conflict.



  • Carefully crafted Skill-Building Sessions for diverse audiences, based upon needs assessments and joint goal-setting on subjects ranging from “Performance Appraisals: How to Give them and How to Receive Them” to “Working Across Difference to Build Alliances.”



  • Curated Coaching Sessions for entry-level employees, mid-level managers and senior executives to refine the management of their career trajectories.


IVY EXEC Presentation
New Leadership Skills for
the Future of Work:
What’s in Your Quiver?

September 9, 2021
12 – 1 pm EDT

Free to attend

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Ms. McLean's books were written to empower black women in today’s workforce, where they face unique challenges as they seek to launch and/or galvanize their careers. Often, performing as well as their colleagues is just not enough to win leadership positions even when they are well qualified. They also need a special brand of strength and confidence to rise above the double burdens of racism and sexism and fully leverage their networks and resources to achieve their career goals.


The leadership principles and strategies identified in her books are widely applicable and benefit anyone working to operate effectively within organizational infra-structures and rise to lead them.



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