Our Mission

Achieve better business results through mentoring excellence.

The Center for Mentoring Excellence®, a division of Leadership Development Services LLC, founded by the late Dr. Lois J. Zachary, provides comprehensive solutions to promote mentoring through learning, growth and inclusion. 

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Make your mentoring better.

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Create a Mentoring Culture through customized solutions.

We listen. We provide holistic, customized and practical guidance in a way that resonates with your organizational culture. Create sustainable and durable organizational change through mentoring excellence.


Take mentoring to the next level with workshops & courses designed to help your team succeed in building, sustaining, and growing mentorship inside your organization. From our elite online program, Starting Strong, to train-the-trainers workshops and LIVE events, we help you take mentoring to the next level.

Books & Articles

Explore the issues affecting mentorship and learn how to create strong mentoring relationships, bridge differences, and leverage the power of mentoring within your organization. Our books and articles make mentoring topics understandable and approachable, creating a framework to expand your thinking and highlight new opportunities.


Bring mentoring to your organization with keynote presentations designed to be dynamic, interactive, engaging, informative and practical. We have vast experience in a variety of settings, speaking to groups large and small at all levels of an organization from the C-Suite to entry level employees. For recent presentations, see our YouTube channel.

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching is a collaborative partnership that is driven by YOU — the client. Coaching helps you dig deep so you can know where you want to go and shape the path that leads you to the best version of yourself.


Discover useful frameworks, tips and tools to guide you to better mentoring.

We are the authors of leading books on mentoring and other resources to help you and your organization achieve mentoring excellence. Discover books and other resources to develop a culture of belonging that will create greater productivity and satisfaction at work.

It was a pleasure working with Lisa to engage our employees during a companywide lunch and learn event on mentoring. Lisa is a dynamic speaker and her talking points on Creating a Mentoring Culture really spoke to many of our employees, both mentees and mentors who work to develop our employees both personally and professionally. Lisa provided us with great resources for laying the foundation for our new pilot mentoring program we kicked off this year. Our mentees really felt empowered to work smarter on their goals in collaboration with their mentor. Overall, Lisa’s session was a very positive experience and attracted some new faces to our Women’s Employee Resource Group.

Jessica Miller, Human Resources Manager
MetroPower Inc. | CarolinaPower Inc.

Lisa's leadership and thought-provoking approach enabled all of us to “turn the dial” on our thinking about Inclusion and Equity. I am so pleased with the discussions, engagement, and interactions that continue to 'roll around in our heads'. Thank you for, once again, exceeding my expectations.

Julie Kearney, Exec VP of People Services
Lease Crutcher Lewis

I could not be happier with the partnership I had with the Center for Mentorship Excellence! We were able to craft a custom program to help build internal mobility for our underrepresented groups. The impact of our mentorship program could be felt throughout the organization. And, Lisa is a master speaker and presenter. We were able to launch a speaker series that built buy-in and awareness across the organization. Thank you, Center for Mentorship Excellence, for your leadership and partnership.

Matthew Gill, Formerly Head of Diversity Strategy
Charles Schwab