Lionel Shockness 

Proteus International

Lionel Shockness is an executive coach with deep expertise in diversity and cross-cultural relationships. He works with business leaders to enhance their repertoire of leadership and management competencies by building on their core strengths and helping them see the impact of their actions on others and on the organization.


Drawing upon knowledge of organizational psychology and his 19 years of experience as a clinically trained group psychotherapist and adjunct, Lionel supports his client organizations’ success by increasing their leaders’ and managers’ emotional intelligence and strengthening their ability to build strong and effective teams.


For the past 15 years, Lionel has trained and coached individuals and teams across diverse industries in organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, JPMorgan Chase, the U.S. Department of Defense, The Brennan Center for Justice, The New School, Accenture, American Express, Essence magazine, Sony, MTV Networks, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.


Lionel has presented at the Conference Board’s Annual Diversity Conference, Essence magazine’s annual “Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit,” The New York Urban League Young Executive forum, and the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.


Lionel holds an MSW from Yeshiva University and a BA in psychology from SUNY Empire State College. He also holds certificates in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and the Institute for the Study of Culture and Ethnicity, respectively.

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