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Meet the Team

Rich Leadership is a small, boutique firm that serves our clients in a highly specialized way. We have a limited client base, restricted by the constraints of time, the needs of existing clients and ultimately determined by whether we can together create an effective, results-oriented relationship.

Gary Rich

As founder and president of Rich Leadership since 2007, Gary provides counsel to CEO’s and their Boards on issues of leadership development and organization performance management.

Clients range in size from Fortune 10 companies to small, family-owned businesses and include Financial Services, Media and Publishing, Biotech, Consumer Packaged Goods, E-Commerce, Professional Services, Technology, Entertainment, Fashion, Manufacturing, Retail, and Hospitality Services companies.

Prior to founding Rich Leadership, Gary spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of QSP, a subsidiary of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s $800M school and youth fundraising business in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to his general management role, Gary held Chief Human Resource Officer positions at Readers Digest, ACNielsen, and American Express; leading both US based and international organizations.

Gary is a member of the Board of Directors of Stingray Digital (RAY.A TSE) and the Mercon Coffee Group (International Coffee Producers and Traders) and serves as head of the Compensation Committee for both organizations. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology.

Melinda Stephenson

Melinda designs and implements strategies that help executives and the organizations they lead realize their potential. She is a certified executive coach and organization effectiveness consultant supporting clients in technology, pharmaceutical, retail and other industries since 2005. Melinda has designed and facilitated several leadership development and management training programs across industries.

During her corporate career, Melinda held senior HR positions at Gap, American Express, and Macy’s Northeast. At Gap, she led the Organization Development function and consulted directly to the CEO and executive team in building long-range strategic plans, formulating change management strategies, designing leadership training programs, creating governance structures and culture change. As the senior HR business partner to the Gap Brand, Melinda built and executed human capital strategies for an organization of more than 30,000 employees.

Julie Rappoport

Julie coaches in high-change environments where she supports executives through role transitions, company mergers, market repositioning, and organizational redesigns. As VP, Rich Leadership, she is also responsible for operations and helps drive new business opportunities.

Julie is passionate about working with leadership to identify, define, and implement strategies that are aligned with future-focused KPIs, and has significant experience executing complex organizational change in highly disrupted industries.

Her focus on implementation helps leaders clarify and define vision, leading to communicable and executable strategies aligned across functions and levels within an organization.

Most recently, Julie served as HR Director for Fullscreen Media’s Brand Group and prior to that led the HR Business Partner function for SapientRazorfish’s national Media practice.

She holds a degree in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and in Philosophy from List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Glenn Kaufman

With over 25 years of global human resource experience, Glenn has helped numerous organizations and thousands of individuals attain business performance goals.

At LexisNexis, a $4B global legal information services company, Glenn was Senior Vice President of Global Organization Planning & Development, and also served as the Head of HR for the Asia region. During a 15-year career as an HR executive at American Express, Glenn instituted their Organization Effectiveness function, and directed Global Human Resources Development.

Additionally, Glenn was an independent consultant where he partnered with TMC, the premier provider of cross-cultural training and consulting, working on assignments that served companies such as GE, Pfizer, BP, and Air Products. He also worked with The Children’s Place on their acquisition of The Disney Stores, and in creating sales and management development programs.

He completed his graduate studies at Antioch and Columbia Universities.