About Us

Shields Meneley Partners specializes in helping senior leaders and board members advance their companies and careers. We provide individuals, their teams and boards with insightful assessments, performance coaching, and guidance for all forms of leadership and career transition. Since 2003, more than 200 companies and 1,700 leaders have relied on our expertise to reach their goals more quickly and achieve better quality results.

The Team

Our Advisors are your peers. All have held top executive roles with significant operational and P&L responsibility.

Like you, they know the challenges, opportunities, and rewards unique to serving in the C-suite or the Boardroom. Our administrative support staff have considerable experience to help our clients during their career transition, coaching experience or assessment process.

We welcome the opportunity to advise you and/or your team.

Gail Meneley

Hundreds of high profile executives in America have chosen Gail as their adviser and coach to advance their work and careers. They rely on Gail’s “straight talk” to help them think through their most important leadership and career decisions. As a result, their personal and organizational goals are reached sooner and with greater impact. Gail’s clients include Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, Heller Financial, American Red Cross, McDonald’s…

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Gail Meneley

Hugh Shields

As a Master Coach, Hugh is one of the top leadership and career coaches in business today. His clients appreciate his peer-to-peer “straight talk” way of helping them see, own and overcome their leadership blind spots. The result is that clients are better able to achieve the results they want for their careers and the organizations they lead. Clients include AON,…

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Hugh Shields

Bob Ryan

Robert J. (Bob) Ryan, a global business leader, is an Executive Advisor at Shields Meneley Partners. Bob’s career has included key leadership roles with companies ranging from $500M to $84B that include Procter & Gamble, Tate and Lyle, Bombardier Recreation Products, Kimball Hill Homes and Griffith Laboratories…

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Bob Ryan

Dr. Tom Mason

Dr. Tom Mason specializes in leadership assessment, succession, development and coaching for executives and senior teams. Tom has worked with clients at every level of the leadership pipeline, in some of the largest organizations in the world, in just about every industry, on five continents. He also has general management…

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Dr. Tom Mason

Bernadette Patton

Bernadette Patton has been named Partner in Shields Meneley Partners effective August 1, 2017. Patton will focus on business development and marketing to leverage her extensive experience in work-force related topics including global human resources…

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Bernadette Patton

Nicholas Cianciola

Nicholas Cianciola is a Principal with Shields Meneley Partners, a confidential advisory service to C-Suite executives and Boards of Directors during times of organizational and professional transition. For 31 years prior to joining Shields Meneley, Mr. Cianciola founded and led The Weston Associates, Inc., a retained executive search and management…

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Nicholas Cianciola

Katy Kliebhan

Katy Kliebhan is Client Services Manager with Shields Meneley Partners. In this role Katy manages all aspects of clients work with our firm. Prior to joining Shields Meneley Partners, she worked for Hipskind Seyfarth Risk Solutions as an Employee Benefits Specialist…

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Katy Kliebhan

Breanne Udeze

Breanne Udeze is an Associate with Shields Meneley Partners. She is responsible for the coordination and administration of all client assessments and is certified as a talent consultant by the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing. In addition…

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Breanne Udeze

Sarah Hebard

Sarah Hebard is the Client Services Associate at Shields Meneley Partners. Sarah supports the firm and its Partners in an administrative capacity, as well as all of the firm’s transition and coaching clients. Sarah is responsible for…

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Sarah Hebard

Elizabeth Olson

With over 25 years of business experience, Elizabeth advises individual leaders and executive teams on best practices to manage individual and organizational transitions. She helps senior executives take their game from good to…

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Elizabeth Olson

Gary Mitchiner

Gary is a senior advisor and executive coach with Shields Meneley Partners. For 32 years, Gary’s focus has been to partner with executives to achieve their professional and corporate growth goals. He helps senior leaders create a vision and plan for growth as well as evolved…

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Gary Mitchiner

Gary Snodgrass

Mr. Snodgrass served as an Executive Vice President of Exelon Corporation since August 1, 2004. Gary has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of PECO Energy Company. He served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Exelon Corporation. Mr. Snodgrass had overall responsibility for human resources matters across Exelon Corp., and also responsible for Corporate Security function. He served as Chief …

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Gary Snodgrass

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for Shields Meneley Partners is a group of accomplished civic and industry leaders who are deeply committed to the development of great organizations.

We draw on their wisdom and insight to continually improve our service to you.

E. David Coolidge III

Chairman, Advisory Board

Vice Chairman

William Blair & Company

Joseph E. Jannotta

Chairman and Founder

Jannotta, Bray & Associates

E. Ronald Culp

Founder, Culp & Co.

Director of the Graduate PR

and Advertising Program,

DePaul University

Victoria Husted Medvec, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Centre for Executive Women

Kellogg School of

Management

Northwestern University

Alan D. Feldman

Former Chairman

Midas International

Harry Kraemer Jr.

Managing Director

Madison Dearborn

Scott Mordell

CEO

Young Presidents Organization

Ryan Ruskin

President & COO

The Ruskin Group

Mike Zafirovski

Founder and President

The Zaf Group