Meet Yehudi

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Yehudi Meshchaninov M.A. is a team-coach and founder of Leadership Labs NY.

He is also a partner at The Ready, where he works as an organizational design and transformation consultant, helping fortune 500 companies become more human, innovative, and agile. 

Yehudi has lectured and facilitated at leading universities, including Harvard and Columbia where he is currently completing his doctorate in Organizational Psychology and Adult Learning & Leadership. He Is also an executive coach at Columbia Business School, AMA certified MBTI  coach, graduate of Hofstra Law School's Transformative Mediation program, and approved Talk Sense  trainer.  
Yehudi specializes in managing millennials, teaming, and helping companies adapt to more responsive ways of working. Over the past six years he has helped a diverse array of organizations create a collaborative, agile, and innovative culture that drives their vision forward. Prior to forming LLNY, Yehudi worked on systemic educational reform as the Director of Leadership Development at The New American Initiative. A proud Brooklynite, Yehudi aspires to weave running, improv, and the occasional hike into his schedule. . .  Some weeks are more successful than others. 

To learn more about Yehudi's story listen to this podcast excerpt below


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Ari Rockoff

Director, Leadership Development Institute at Orthodox Union


Our organization had the great pleasure of working with Yehudi for our annual professional development conference. Yehudi brought a plethora of ideas, flexibility, patience and introspection to our group. He worked tirelessly with our team to make his sessions suitable for our staff and showed incredible dedication and creativity in working with us. His materials and facilitation were excitedly received by our staff who found his approach novel and thought provoking. We enjoyed working with him greatly and look forward to continued projects together.


Sabrina Dridje

Director, Made in NY Media Center by IFP [Producer & Partnerships // Innovation, Start Ups, Media + Tech]


We had the pleasure of incorporating Yehudi into an 8 week Lab, focused on supporting a group of creatives with an early stage business idea and allow them to experiment and validate their ideas. Yehudi's session on how to transition from a solo creative into an inspiring leader was a highlight and provided tangible and actionable frameworks for the participants to apply. We look forward to collaborating again.


Shaya Schtroks

Real Estate Professional, Entrepreneur


I attended a leadership seminar led by Yehudi in 2014 with a focus on building high level listening skills. It profoundly impacted the way I interact with the staff and agents at my real estate brokerage and helped increase my effectiveness and general office productivity. In addition, I've hired Yehudi as a personal business coach when I needed to make tough decisions and needed someone who could help me look at all angles of the issue. I would highly recommend Yehudi to anyone who's in the market for a seminar leader, or a personal coach.



Chanie Kaminker

Founder and Creative Director Hannabi Creative


Every conversation I have is impacted because of my work with Yehudi. His consults gave me the skills I needed to be a better listener, communicator and leader. I approach difficult conversations with confidence, knowing I have the tools necessary for optimal results. Armed with actionable insight, I was able to create a working environment and culture yielding in happier employees and increased productivity



Dina Rabhan

Associate Executive Director, Yeshiva University office of School Partnership


Yehudi has been working with our office for 3 years as a leadership consultant, coach and facilitator. Yehudi is extremely thoughtful in his planning, meticulous with the details and always concerned about the user experience. Yehudi's endearing, zen demeanor makes him a pleasure to work with.

Yehudi has deep knowledge and expertise in a number of key leadership domains and can effectively design learning experiences that are high impact, and that resonate with the participants. Once you learn with Yehudi, you can never turn back. You will never see things the way you saw them before and you will be grateful to him for leading you down new pathways of thinking about the world but more importantly about yourself.

I highly recommend Yehudi and feel confident saying that when you work with Yehudi, you will be glad too.



AnaMaria Rios Beltran

Master Teacher: Team Leader: School Leader at The New American Academy


Transitioning into a leadership position is a big role shift. Working with Yehudi has helped me learn the value of open and direct communication. He has helped me gain perspective, along with practical skills that have enabled me to address issues and challenges through communication. Looking back, I see that those difficult conversations actually played a key role in bringing my team together and building the trust necessary to succeed when working in a collaborative environment.



Sheila McDaniel, MPA, CIPM I

Deputy Director, Finance & Operations, The Studio Museum in Harlem


I know Yehudi through my doctoral studies at Teachers College/Columbia University. I had the pleasure of taking a course with Yehudi where he was instrumental in helping me review several strategic organizational challenges. I had tried various strategies to address the challenge with very little success. His counsel was thoughtful and insightful. As a result, I was able to reframe the challenge. Ultimately I was able to turn a challenge into an opportunity that is reaping impactful results for the organization



Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea, or just say hello.