Gaylene Xanthopoulos has a passion for assisting people to reach their highest potential. She is founder and president of The Leadership Edge, the organizational development partner of choice for over 450 Life Science companies. Through their work with over 4,500 Board Members, Executives and Scientific and Engineering Leaders, The Leadership Edge has dramatically improved the performance, pace and culture of the most dynamic and innovative pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies in the country. Their From The Laboratory To Leadership and Leveraging Your Leadership programs have been customized to address the needs of the life sciences have been key in supporting the growth and development of the managers and leaders of top companies such as Janssen Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Life Technologies, DuPont Industrial Biosicences, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Abide Therapeutics, Inc. and Asuragen, Inc.
Ms. Xanthopoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is certified in a number of learning and development assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Executive Dimensions, PDI 360 feedback tool and SurveyOnline 360 feedback tool. Her personal accomplishments include being awarded Athena San Diego’s 2013 Pinnacle Award in the category “Individual in Services” for her role in the development and advancement of skilled and talented women within the San Diego community, “World Sales Leader of the Year” by Leadership Management, Inc. two years in a row, being named a winner of the San Diego Business Journal’s “Business Management Award” in their Women Who Mean Business competition; and in the following year, the San Diego Business Journal also named her company as one of the “Top 50 Companies in San Diego”. Gaylene is an in-demand speaker and keynoter for national and international business conferences, as well as a published author of training materials, articles and several books used today by some of the nation’s top executives. She has also served on the Board as a Trustee and past President of The Gillispie School Board of Trustees.