TalentTelligent Associate LD Bennett, PhD


Dr. L. Diane “LD” Bennett has an impressive career that spans 30+-years in government, corporate and nonprofit sectors. She held a rare dual-hatted role as Special Assistant to the Director and to the Associate Director for Field Operations – U.S. Census Bureau. She received U.S. Commerce Dept. – Bronze Medal – For Superior Federal Service (highest civilian service award).

She has also held senior positions as V-P – Business Development at a Top 5 minority-owned marketing and communications firm and global Diversity Director – Habitat for Humanity International.
For the past 18 years, “LD” has been Chief Evangelist of Maximize Consulting, LLC, a thriving boutique firm specializing in organizational effectiveness, leadership development and executive coaching. Her client base includes telecommunications, education, nonprofit and government entities. Dr. Bennett is committed to solutions that enhance workplace and leader productivity, in sync with key performance indicators.

She is a highly active Senior On-Call Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (9 yrs.) co-facilitating programs for a range of CCL clients. She is co-facilitator of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) – Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, telecommunication industry’s highest-rated leadership development program.

Dr. Bennett is a “thought leader” who uses her intellectual curiosity to design and deliver programs that help create dynamic and productive workforces. Her diverse career and life experiences enable her to customize executive coaching strategies that deliver results. Specifically, Dr. Bennett’s style and expertise make her uniquely qualified to work with high potential or plateaued minority and women leaders, who face a distinctive set of challenges and opportunities not readily perceived or appreciated, in a general context.

“LD” holds Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Walden University), Masters of Regional Planning (UNC-Chapel Hill), triple-major BA (UNC-Charlotte), and graduate certificates: Executive Women’s Leadership (Northwestern), Gamification (Wharton School) and Design Thinking for Innovation (Darden School of Business) and is certified in several psychometric assessments. Dr. Bennett is an author, college lecturer, innovator and sought-after inspirational speaker.

How to Contact LD:
  • Phone – 1 (704) 779-9275
  • Current Location – Charlotte, NC
  • Works Globally
  • Extensively experienced in telecommunications, government management, women’s leadership and nonprofit