Demetriouse L. Russell

Founder & Managing Director Venn Diagram Partners, LLC

Demetriouse Russell is a relationship builder who has earned a seat in the C-Suite as a trusted advisor to senior-level executives. Demetriouse specializes in the intersection between leadership development, diversity & inclusion and executive coaching. He has helped leaders become more inclusive as a strategic imperative to drive results. He has worked with leaders from Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Bunge, Pepsi, TJX, CVS, Novartis, Dentons, UMASS Amherst, United Way Worldwide as a facilitator and coach to help them build equitable and inclusive organizations. Demetriouse launched Venn Diagram Partners, a global consulting collaborative, in June 2017. To achieve his vision of helping individuals feel like they belong and belong uniquely to their organization, Demetriouse partners with thought leaders and experts from around the globe.

Formerly, Demetriouse served as Director of Client Solutions at Bates Communications, a consulting firm that specializes in communicative leadership influenced by executive presence, where he developed new relationships with Fortune 1000 clients. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Linkage, Inc., a global leadership development firm, where he was responsible for business development, managing key accounts, designing customized leadership development programs, consulting and co-facilitating workshops. Prior to his role at Linkage, he was a Director of Corporate Relations and Market Development at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education division where he managed leading global organizations that sought after comprehensive leadership development for targeted talent. He also led the Performance Metrics Task Force. Prior to his role at Harvard Business School Executive Education, Demetriouse co-Founded the Youth Development Coalition, a non-profit focused on providing educational and athletic enrichment for underexposed youth in the Greater Boston area and Israel. For this groundbreaking initiative, he received a citation from the Honorable Governor Deval Patrick for Outstanding Community Service. Prior to co-Founding the Youth Development Coalition, Demetriouse served as the Director of Private Equity for Progress Investment Management Company with responsibility for a $250 million portfolio of private equity fund-of-funds investments. Demetriouse attended Middlebury College and transferred to Morehouse College where earned a BA in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He also attended the London School of Economics during his junior year on a Luard Morse Fellowship. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as a Global Ambassador for the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association, Co-Chair of HBS Section K and mentors HBS students. He has been featured in “The Right Way to be a Mentor.”


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