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Who We Are

Meet Our Team

Libby Doran


Kelly Dettmann

Managing Director, Finance/Operations & Search Lead

Linda Samide

Search Lead

Heidi Westlind

Search Lead

Ali Biro

Search Lead

Maya Schultz

Search Lead

Jared Quade

Project Coordinator & Research Manager

Mary Abiadal

Project Coordinator & Marketing Manager

Nora Klaphake

Of Counsel

“I have a very high degree of confidence in DLP’s expectation for an awesome outcome. They always want to place the very best leader for us and their commitment to understanding our organization and our values upfront contributes to that success.”

Tom Anderson, CFO-Founder, Made for Retail

“Having once been a candidate in the DLP process, I knew I would hire them when I had the chance because their candidate experience is superior. And now, on the client side, I appreciate that they work differently than others in that there is more connectedness, intimacy, and authenticity. They are real people doing what’s best for your business.”

Sarah Hill, Chief Human Resources Officer, Intricon

“They don’t come into the room with a solution or an answer to push. They are purposefully curious and highly accountable to what I tell them. The results have been terrific and the process is always client-focused.”

Jon McTaggart, President & CEO, American Public Media Group

Beliefs In Action

Our values aren’t just nice-sounding words. They shape our internal collaboration, how we operate in the world and our vision for the community we share.


The stakes are high for our clients. So quality and integrity matter. From the big picture to the small details, we hold ourselves to uncompromising standards, always.


We are honest brokers who put clients’ interests ahead of our own.


Experience teaches that when you show up expecting great things, they’re most likely to happen. We are positive, can-do people who model resilience and inspire others to follow suit.


The problems we solve aren’t easy. We don’t shy away from tough conversations. We strive to provide the counsel our clients genuinely need, not just what they asked for.


Hand in hand with our partners, we’re on a journey to create equitable opportunities that lift all boats.

“Doran Leadership Partners brings us so much more than great candidates. They are a true partner in organization development and help us chart the course for future growth and success.”

Johannes Burlin, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Tilia Holdings LLC

A culture of involvement.

Whether advocating on behalf of causes we care about or sharing insights at industry gatherings, we show up for our communities.

Strengthening Families

We stand by the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery as they work to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. Please take a moment to learn more about how you can help – by giving your time, skills or resources.

MPR Sponsorship

DLP is a proud sponsor of Minnesota Public Radio in its mission to enrich the mind, nourish the spirit, and strengthen communities. Learn more about the MPR network.

How to Help

We all want to help during this difficult time, but many of us are asking how? Here are great tips from our client, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation to help you get started. Learn more.

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