Our Team

The Transition Strategists founder, CEO and visionary, Elizabeth Ledoux, is a petroleum engineer by training and an entrepreneur, author, and speaker by experience. She has founded several companies and has been recognized by The Harvard Business School for her work linking the growth and development of the entrepreneur to company success.

Elizabeth created the Transition Roadmap Developer™ (TRD) after witnessing too many owners fail to realize one of the most meaningful achievements of their lives: putting their successful companies in the hands of successors who are prepared to lead. She and the Guides of TTS have fine-tuned the TRD so that 100 percent of the owners who have completed their Roadmaps have moved on to the post-ownership Next Adventures they desired.

About us

Elizabeth Ledoux

Founder & Head Strategist

Elizabeth founded what is now The Transition Strategists more than twenty years ago to create smooth and effective succession strategies for private and family businesses. Her tools, methods, and values-based approach deliver win-win results for businesses going through transitions, whether it be succession, growth, or sale. She is a thought leader who, for 30-plus years, has worked with companies and leaders in both the US and abroad to resolve issues and maximize opportunities related to transition planning.

Elizabeth believes in guiding individuals to do what they love. Her passion is to help both companies and individuals clearly identify and reach their destinations without sacrificing personal fulfillment or relationships.

Elizabeth is the co-author of Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Flight and Understanding the Growth Mindset of the Entrepreneur, and author of It’s a Journey: Navigate the Complicated Journey of Private & Family Business Transitions. She frequently speaks to groups of business owners on the topics of succession, challenges and opportunities in family businesses, strategic growth, and the business journey.

She serves as Chair for TIGER 21 in Denver, Colorado and was Chair for 14 years of the Women Presidents’ Organization Denver chapter.

Dawn Dorsch

Dawn is passionate about small businesses and the contribution they make to our communities and economy. With four decades of experience spanning small businesses and large corporations, Dawn brings expertise in process development and planning, employee training, and team development to The Transition Strategists. Dawn helps guide businesses and their leadership through succession planning and transition with compassion and insight.

Deborah Davis, MS, PCC

Strategist & Transition Guide

Debbie brings 17 years of experience in the energy industry, multi-faceted coaching experience, and a passion for entrepreneurship to her role as a Transition Strategists Guide. As a people-first person, she also has an intuitive ability to support owners as they navigate their business transitions.

Debbie has worked with individuals, business leaders, and their teams to improve relationships, communication, collaboration, and productivity. She uses her expertise to lead teams through ERP implementation, corporate restructuring, process improvement, and succession planning. In addition to her Executive Coaching Certification and master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, Debbie is a certified Strengths Strategy Coach, Strengths for Optimal Performance Facilitator, Executive Coach with CDR Assessment Group, and Leading Out of Drama® Provider. She is certified in the GiANT 5 Voices™ System and is a member and chapter chair of the International Coach Federation. Debbie works with clients across the globe from her home base of Norman, Oklahoma.

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Michelle Ferguson

Executive Coordinator

Michelle has a passion for people and a desire to positively affect the world around her. She brings over 23 years of experience as an executive assistant to C-suite executives as well as extensive experience in event planning and implementation. Michelle has served on the board of Executive Women International since 2011, a global women’s organization that focuses on community and offers a scholarship program to help qualified adult students with economic, social, or physical challenges achieve their academic goals.

Although Michelle is extremely organized with a strong work ethic and drive to “get things done,” her greatest joy is helping those around her and changing lives for the better.

Karen Kersey

Karen loves working with courageous leaders who dare to go where they have not gone before. With a strong background in strategic and operational leadership, Karen bravely goes towards the areas of business that others tend to avoid, rolls up her sleeves, and addresses issues head-on to achieve higher levels of leadership confidence and performance. Karen helps teams assess situations, find solutions, and execute plans while providing executives and managers with the guidance and tools to help them perform at their very best. Originally from Canada, Karen lives in Grand Cayman and maintains an active role in the local community.

Micah Taylor


Micah left corporate America in 2014 to join The Transition Strategists where she helps people identify obstacles that limit their growth and acts as a dynamic force to support and encourage their growth.

Micah graduated with a BAS degree in psychology from Dallas Baptist University. She is a proud Texan who loves spending quality time with her family and friends and living her personal life mission to have a positive impact on everyone she meets.

The Rest of Our Team

The Transition Strategist maintains a roster of talented individuals that it draws upon to customize its services to each project. Their high-caliber skills and deep subject-matter experience enable us to develop and execute strategies that are tailored to each client’s unique needs, situation, and business landscape.