Meet Our Team
Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin
CEO/Lead Executive Coach, Gaia Project Consulting, LLC
Founder, The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership
Described as a “celebrated career coach” and “fearless entrepreneur,” Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin is the CEO of Gaia Project Consulting, LLC, and the Founder of The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership. Her work has earned the support and recognition of women such as Arianna Huffington, Ali Brown, DailyWorth and WorthFM Founder Amanda Steinberg, and Emerging Women Live Founder Chantal Pierrat, among many others.
Elizabeth has a storied track record of success as a Wall Street lawyer, serial CEO and entrepreneur, and high-powered executive coach. After a fifteen year career as a full-time Wall Street securities litigator and trial lawyer, Elizabeth founded Gaia Project Consulting, LLC, an executive consulting and coaching firm that serves senior executives across tech, finance, banking, law, fashion, healthcare, non-profit and consulting, propelling its clients to new heights of growth and professional alignment.
Five years later, she founded The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, offering virtual and live programming to grow New Paradigm Women’s Leadership worldwide.
Elizabeth has been featured in major media such as CNN, Forbes.com, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, DailyWorth, MindBodyGreen, Ali Brown’s Glambition Radio, corporette.com, Levo League, The Glass Hammer, and The New York Times. Elizabeth is the host of the Women’s Leadership Podcast, a top business podcast on iTunes, and has taught courses to thousands of executives worldwide, including at Columbia Law School. Elizabeth also keynotes routinely in corporate and non-profit environments on issues relating to leadership, women’s advancement, professional success and work/life alignment.
Elizabeth has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she graduated with honors, was the recipient of the West Bar Publishing Award for Clinical Achievement, and served as the President of the Moot Court Board, among other accolades. She obtained her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, with college honors, where she triple-majored in creative writing, professional writing, and French, won awards for poetry, and completed a Senior Honors Thesis on the work of French feminist theorist Luce Irigaray, including translations from the original French.
It is Elizabeth’s mission in life to transform traditional paradigms of leadership so that all leaders, and women leaders in particular, can lead lives that allow them to share their gifts, achieve epic success on their own terms, and lead lives in alignment with their deepest values-- and to change the world as a result.
She lives in New York City with her family.
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is the COO for Gaia Project Consulting and the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership and a Gaia Project Advanced Certified Coach. She is a leadership and team development consultant and business integrator with a focus on women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion. Her mission is to help companies and organizations cultivate inclusive models of leadership that will make the world a better place for all. She helps leaders and teams align with their values and what naturally energizes them in order to do their best work without sacrificing themselves or others in the process.
Alethea also maintains an independent coaching and consulting practice, is an MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner, and the Co-Founder of Going There: Brave Spaces for Healthy Conversations @ [Race] and Photosanity. She writes about diversity, inclusion, gender and race on Patreon.
Alethea was previously a licensed architect with a BArch from Pratt Institute and almost 20 years of experience managing high profile workplace strategy and corporate headquarters projects for clients such as Time Warner, Nike, Sony, Nokia, MTV Networks, Aileron, and Alexander McQueen. She was an Associate at STUDIOS Architecture, Senior Associate at Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, and Associate and Senior Project Manager at Gensler.
Alethea has been interviewed on 1010WINS and featured in The Daily Mail, Cool Mom Picks, Apartment Therapy, Ask Moxie, Mom365, The Gaia Project for Women's Leadership, and A Child Grows in Brooklyn.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two boys, aged 9 and 6.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
Nicole Lee is the Gaia Project's diversity, equity and inclusion expert and has played an integral role in shaping the company’s mission, strategy and programming. Nicole is also leadership coach, and nationally recognized speaker and strategist who regularly consults with non profits, schools and businesses to improve their organizational climate for their workforce and all those that they serve. Nicole is a prolific speaker and commentator who has regularly appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions in the private and public sectors through numerous awards, including Congressional Black Caucus, Running Starts “Women to Watch”, Black Women’s Roundtable TrailBlazer and Global Leadership and the National Newspapers Publishers Association’s Press Champion Award.
Nicole is also an attorney and nonprofit leader, having formerly served as the first female President of TransAfrica, the nation’s premier African American foreign affairs organization. She, along with civil and labor rights icon Bill Lucy, was the coordinator of the Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson Mandela, a six month national celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela and his US Memorial Service at the National Cathedral. She is a founder of the BMLP, a legal assistance organization that assists protesters involved in mass mobilization.
Social Media and Community Director
Megan Baker is a Gaia Leadership Certified Coach and serves as Community Manager for the Gaia Project. She spends time in the Gaia Project groups on Facebook, helps cultivate community by asking and answering questions, and provides resources for participants. For 26 years, Megan was a middle school and high school social studies teacher, so she was an early adopter of technology and social media for learning and helping people connect with ideas and each other. Since she left teaching, she’s been building a career as an entrepreneur, finding ways to combine her skills in coaching, shamanic practice, reiki, writing, social media strategy, and curriculum design.
Megan has a BA in history from the University of Colorado and an MA in political science from Purdue University. She’s also a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, has completed the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-Year Program, and has done reiki training with Laurelle Gaia and Michael Baird.
Megan is the stepmom and primary support person of a young adult with an intellectual disability, which has led her to do ability-focused advocacy work. She’s an avid hiker, backpacker, and poet, and sings in a women’s a cappella group called Sound Circle.
Online Business Manager
Chelle Weech is an operations strategist and manager who manages the Gaia Project's day-to-day technology solutions. She leads a team of three highly trained support professionals, is the resident operations advisor for multiple training forums and presents at conferences across the U.S. As a married mother of five, she understands prioritization and the need to create automated systems to increase efficiency so clients can enjoy their
Chelle has a BA in Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix and spent 11 years supporting executive teams and projects for Colorado health care systems. She is also the co-leader of a local women’s support group and active community supporter for gay rights issues.
Customer Support Manager
Brittany Zeman is the Gaia Project's Customer Support Manager and all around implementation specialist. Brittany supports online entrepreneurs in business needs ranging from customer service to technical solutions, systems and streamlining. Brittany strives to pro-actively seek ways to simplify businesses, create automations and ease. She is a mother to an active toddler and helps support mothers in her community to create a life outside of the 9-5 to pursue their dreams. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to have a life they truly love regardless of their education, race, gender, sexual orientation or financial situation.
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