Lindiwe S. Lester

Ms. Lindiwe S. Lester is President & Founder of Tap In Consulting, which focuses on evoking excellence in leaders and their teams to achieve optimal business performance. Tap In services are concentrated around executive coaching, leadership team development, strategy and workplace performance consulting, particularly with socially-conscious organizations. Before launching Tap In Consulting in 2017, Lindiwe retired from a successful career with the YMCA’s National Office, where she served as a senior consultant; there she trained and coached scores of internal consultants in consulting methods, leadership coaching, executive onboarding, and strategy development to enhance over 160 affiliate Ys in delivering the Y mission in local communities. She led a team of eight management consultants serving Ys in 12 southeast US states along with Puerto Rico. Prior to Y-USA, Lindiwe held the role of Vice President of Youth and Community Initiatives at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Deeply committed to access and inclusion, Ms. Lester, for two decades, has coached and mentored scores of executives-of-color in growing their careers while confidently navigating real or perceived biases in their work setting. In addition to coaching and consulting, Ms. Lester is a skilled performance-based learning leader and has deep expertise in facilitation. Lindiwe holds both master’s and post-master’s degrees in instructional and human performance systems, along with several executive coaching, advanced facilitation and behavior analytics certifications. She is deeply passionately about bringing out the best in people as a vehicle for strengthening communities, families and an overall better world.