Abby Donnelly is the founder of The Leadership & Legacy Group.  She works closely with business owners and CEOs, to navigate the complex challenges that come with succession planning and exit strategy. Areas of expertise include:

  • Building strong leaders out of high potentials, delivering improved performance and accelerated results.
  • Positioning owners to enrich their culture and engage in strategic conversations that bring out the best in their team.
  • Helping owners discover and create meaningful and rewarding ‘work’ as they move into the next phase of their life.

Her clients value her ability to listen deeply, clarifying the situation and providing a framework for:

  • Making better decisions
  • Taking more effective actions
  • Achieving stronger outcomes

She is skilled at providing meaningful perspective that enables leaders to become aware of blind spots, embrace strengths, and accelerate their professional and personal success.

Abby is a 14-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where as a Business Manager, Executive Coach and Global Business Consultant, she led improvements in productivity, streamlined business processes, and improved leadership effectiveness.  Abby was also a partner at Sandler Training, a franchise specializing in sales and sales management training for over 11 years.

Abby is the internationally recognized author of Networking Works! a book and training curriculum on how to build a strategic professional network. She has also published, 128 Tips to Make you a More Effective Leader, available on in paperback or kindle. Her newest book, Straight Talk About Planning Your Succession: A Primer for CEOs is also available on in paperback or kindle.  

Abby graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Statistics and from SUNY at Albany with a BA in Mathematics. She has been featured in the Triad Business Journal and is a renowned Triad area speaker on improving performance. She is a certified speaker for Vistage International, an organization of CEOs.

Abby is on the board of First Bank (FBNC), the Guilford Merchants Association (GGMA), First Point, and ABCO Automation. She is Chair of the Greensboro Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization, serves on the board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP) and is a two-time past president of Crescent Rotary. She is a past Chair and member of the board of Kindermusik International. Abby has been active in the community including leadership roles with Leadership Greensboro, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Rotary District 7690, and more. Abby founded the Sandler Training Polio Fundraiser, raising over $400,000 to provide immunizations for over 670,000 children.

Abby has been happily married to her husband Jim for over 28 years. Their dog Lexi was adopted from the Animal Shelter. Abby loves working with CEOs and senior leaders of Triad-based organizations. She also enjoys networking, reading, working out… and dancing to Motown.