Belle Linda Halpern, Ariel Founding Partner and Co-author of Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire, brings the skills of a professional consultant, speaker, educator, and singer/actress to her work. Belle has developed and delivered leadership programs for executives in the US, Europe, and Asia for the past 15 years. Her clients include General Electric and American Express. She has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Boston Globe, Harvard Management Communication Letter, and on CNBC.
Belle has delivered keynote addresses at the 2,000-person Greater Washington Society for Association Executive’s Springtime Expo, the Friends of the Center for Creative Leadership, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also spoken at Excellence in Government, the JPMorgan Chase Women’s Conference, the American Society for Training and Development, and Linkage’s Women in Leadership Summit. She has designed and delivered leadership workshops for the Executive Education programs of Columbia Business School and the Kellogg School of Management.
As a cabaret singer, Belle has performed in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, Munich, and the hill towns of Northern Italy. The Boston Globe calls her “stunning both as music and theater.” The Boston Herald says she’s “Boston’s best singing actress.” Belle has designed an innovative methodology for teaching singing to non-singers and has worked with students at Harvard University, Longy School of Music, and the Roy Hart Theatre in France.
She currently teaches singing each summer at the Tuscany Project in Italy. Combining her singing talent with her work in leadership, she has delivered combination cabaret/lectures on leadership at the annual meetings for organizations such as INSEAD, Instructional Services Association, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, and Ericsson.
A Harvard University graduate, Belle lives in Boston with her husband, Mitch, and two children.