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Trish Wheaton

Principal and Founder

Trish is proud to be in the vanguard of Boomer professional women who challenged and changed the professional status quo like no work force in history. Over her 30+ year marketing career at WPP, the world’s largest communications holding company, she held a variety of C-Suite positions at two of WPP’s largest agencies, Wunderman and Y&R Advertising. She was Wunderman’s first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer and Global Managing Partner for Y&R. Prior to taking on global roles, she led the Canadian and UK offices for Wunderman, transforming both into digital and data powerhouses. In 2014 she founded and led INSPIRE, an integrated sustainability practice from Young & Rubicam Group. INSPIRE helps major brands unlock the strategic potential of their social impact efforts.


After leaving the corporate world, Trish realized she was not ready for retirement but was seeking ‘rewirement’ to find success and purpose post-career. Reaching out to top level professional women of her cohort, Trish realized she was not alone but there were few transition resources for women of her career stage to draw upon. Thus the beginnings of LEANING OUT.


Trish is a sought-after speaker and has keynoted conferences and events around the world, including the WARC Conference, the Cannes Festival of Creativity (3x), WPP The Store among others. She routinely speaks at top MBA schools across North America and frequently appears in the consumer and trade press.


Trish holds an M.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Prior to her career in advertising, she was head of Direct Marketing at Yale University Press. She has received several honors and marketing awards in three different countries and she has been an Independent Director on several boards including a current role on Susan G. Komen national board.

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Marge Watters

Consultant, Coach and Author

Marge is a coach, consultant, author and entrepreneur who has spent more than 20 years helping individuals realize their career and leadership potential. She has extensive experience both with those seeking development in their current role and with individuals in career transition. She has worked with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including high tech, health care, finance, manufacturing, retail, non-profit and more. She has helped engineers, accountants, IT specialists, lawyers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and administrators including those from the C-suite to managers working on the factory floor.


In 1995, Marge and her partner, John Knebel, founded and led KWA Partners, now known as Optimum Talent. From start-up, the firm grew to be ranked among the top five organizations in the career management industry. In that leadership role, Marge gained solid experience in strategic planning, business development, and operations. 


Working as a career consultant, Marge coached individuals from all levels of the organization to help them move successfully through the challenging process of career transition. As an executive coach, she helped her clients maximize their strengths and understand their development opportunities to advance their leadership potential. Among Marge’s achievements while leading KWA Partners is the authoring of It’s Your Move, published by HarperCollins in 2001 and now in its fourth edition. This best-selling book about career transition is also available in Chinese and French.


Marge’s early experience includes 19 years in the financial services industry including corporate finance, and investment banking. She was a Vice President of Citibank Canada, and co-founder of Penfund Management Ltd. and Permanent Commercial Corporation.  


Marge holds an M.A. and a Master of Divinity degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. She is a certified practitioner, qualified to use the Pathfinder Career System, one of the most in-depth personality inventories available in the field of assessment tools.





We are leaders in understanding the psychological dynamics senior professional women face transitioning from a full-throttle career into their next phase. 

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Robin Reif 

Consultant and Coach

Robin built her professional reputation in the field of brand engagement, innovating a more strategic, outcomes-based approach to live experience marketing. During her 24-year tenure at the field’s premier agency, Jack Morton Worldwide, an IPG company, she rose to leadership of the account function.  Working closely with C-Suite clients at KPMG, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Pfizer, Global Star and the City of Tianjin, China, among others, she gleaned rich perspective on a variety of sectors as well as direct experience with the styles, priorities and motivators of today’s leaders.  


Realizing her passion for helping highly motivated people identify and advance their aims, she then trained at Georgetown to become certified as an executive and leadership coach. In this role, Robin’s expertise lies in transitional coaching: helping clients both inside and outside organizational life to find new paths, new sources of energy, engagement and meaning. Her coaching clients have included executives from BoozAllen, Washington MedStar Hospital, Interbrand, Open Society Foundation and the former Bear Stearns, among others. She has also coached women and men in the post career phase of life. 


Throughout her working life, Robin has maintained a writing practice, publishing essays, editorials and features in the Modern Love column of The New York Times as well as in publications such as GlamourPlaybill, PBS’s former The DialCosmopolitan, and others.

Aside from her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown, Robin holds an MA in Journalism from NYU, and a BA in Theater and Classical Philosophy from Trinity College in Connecticut.  She’s been selected as a Thread at Yale participant, a gathering of storytellers in modern media and has been a Moth Storyteller onstage in New York.

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Adrienne Wax 

Strategic Partner

Adrienne spent her 30+ year career in consumer marketing.  She has been successful whether developing marketing strategies for major Fortune 500 companies or for her own small business – teaching women executives how to use golf for business success.  

She spent the first 15 years of her career working in major advertising agencies, marketing products for large consumer companies like Kraft, Verizon, Sony and Xerox.  

The next 15 years were spent both as a senior level advertising executive and as a consultant helping large companies even while she was starting her own small business. Her corporate work has been focused on direct to consumer healthcare marketing working with major pharmaceutical companies when the laws and regulations were changed to enable them to effectively market directly to consumers.  

Her small business, GolfingWomen, (now Leslie Andrews Golf) is dedicated to helping women learn to play golf and use golf for business success. Working with major corporations (Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays), women’s associations (Women’s Bond Club, Financial Women’s Associations, AIMSE) and prestigious business schools (Harvard, Duke, Wharton, Yale) Adrienne has helped women navigate the hidden networks that were previously keeping women off the golf course and out of the boardrooms.  

She is thrilled to be working with LEANING OUT to help women transition to their personal and professional Primetime.


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