Leonora Zilkha Williamson

Family Business & Executive Coach, Vanderbilt Professor
C-suite, High potentials, HR Leaders, Leaders, Managers, New Hires, New Leaders, New Managers, Teams,

Leonora helps family businesses navigate challenges including family dynamics, governance, succession planning, next generation transition and education. From a family-owned business herself, Leonora serves on the board of her family’s boat business, Sabre Yachts, and advises families across generations.


As an adjunct professor of Negotiation and ESG at Vanderbilt University, she is particularly passionate about helping families define shared values and investment philosophies across generations. Leonora is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, the Harvard Institute of Coaching and the Forbes Coaches Council.


She was ranked Nashville’s #1 Executive Coach by Influence Digest in 2021 and 2022, and named a Nashville Business Journal 2022 Woman of Influences.



B.A., Princeton University

MBA., Harvard Business School



Newfield Network


PCC, ICF Certification


iEQ9 certified Enneagram Practitioner


iEQ9 certified Enneagram Team Practitioner


6TV 6 Conditions of a Team Certified Practitioner


EMCC Level 1 certified Team Coach


PSI Psychological Safety Scan Certified Practitioner


The Neuroscience or Change, Coaches Rising


Coaching Mastery with Julio Olalla, Newfield Network


CPD Certification: Art in Coaching, Art in Practice


I’ve lived in nine countries and speak five languages. I am a passionate foodie and my favorite gift for those I love is a huge dinner party. I’m a word game and crossword puzzle addict!


The Great Divide: Collaborating across Generations in Family Business


Strengthening Leadership Teams through the Enneagram


How to Talk to People Who Don’t Want to Listen to You


Negotiate like a Girl: A Smart, Curious, Compassionate Person’s Guide to Getting What They Want


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