Who is Teresa Devine?
Known as the "Corporate Underdog" and not a likely candidate (on paper) to reach C-Level status among the Fortune 500, Teresa conquered the unlikely.
Teresa Devine is the CEO of Serve Lead Succeed and the brainchild behind Lead Like Heroes Leadership Academy and unparalleled leadership programs. Before starting her leadership training and coaching company, Teresa served in multiple technology leadership roles, including Chief Information Officer at a $10 billion Fortune 500 Company.
Teresa's clients say that one of the key differences from other training companies is her real-world executive "know-how" that cannot be duplicated any other way. Our clients include private equity to Fortune 500 companies. With thousands of hours coaching corporate professionals aligned with 20+ years inside corporate America, Teresa has led and seen it all. Teresa teaches what she practices because it's the refined formula that fueled her climb from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top. Teresa shares this formula with companies and individual leaders who want to liberate themselves from inhibitions, limitations, and SUCCEED!
"I believe in the underdogs, and it's thrilling to lead teams from lackluster workers into company heroes and rock star performers. It's incredible to watch managers liberated to become genuine leaders. It's what our world desperately needs more, and I'm humbled to play a part in making it happen."
- Teresa Devine
Where Teresa Started
"I grew up in a small rural town in northern Indiana. My family worked hard and how I learned the #1 skill required to be successful in the working world. I know that work ethic is not a popular term these days, but it doesn't change the reality of its need and value.
Coming from humble beginnings, it's no surprise that I started my career at the bottom during the DOTCOM start-up days. Quickly promoted based on merit and Moxi, I took on more responsibilities, which led to technology management roles.
Because of my corporate marathon journey, there's rarely a company type, business situation, or crisis that I haven't experienced and had to overcome as a leader.
Look, I've been through the fire. I help others prepare for the fire and lead teams successfully to extinguish the flames.
Best Day on the Job: "Why I Do What I Do"
My phone rings, it's Robert, General Manager, for one of the retail stores in our chain of 100. He says, "Teresa, I don't need anything I just want to tell you that your team sounds happy now."
I leaned back in my chair, a bit stunned. This message is not the typical call coming to the CIO. I realized at that moment that after two years of listening, training, coaching, restructuring people, and changing technology, our team was in a new place. They were liberated to succeed with the right tools and new attitude that made them company heroes with raving fans.
That's when I realized how critically important it is to empower and train people to lead (at ALL levels). And the importance of fostering a workplace culture of excellence, high-performance, and yes, FUN!
It took a few years to execute my new mission. Ultimately, I decided to pivot my career and dedicate my time and energy to liberating more leaders within others so they can transform more workplaces.
“Our world is a better place with leaders driven to serve others with humility and integrity to reach ultimate success. Real success is achieved by pursuing a bigger purpose – far greater than any one individual.”
– Teresa Devine, CEO Serve Lead Succeed