With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, building lifestyle brands and creating award winning work-place cultures that drive innovation and customer loyalty, Leondakis has consistently built and lead some of the most diverse employee and customer centric teams in the industry. Most recently as CEO at CorePower Yoga, the largest yoga studio chain in the United States with over 200 studios.
Prior to joining CorePower Yoga, Leondakis was President at The Wolff Company, a multifamily-focused real estate private equity firm. Prior to joining Wolff, Niki has been CEO of multiple companies including Equinox Fitness Clubs, Two Roads Hospitality and Commune Hotels & Resorts.
One of the leading women executives in hospitality, Leondakis joined Commune Hotels & Resorts in November 2012 as it’s CEO to lead the expansion for the its global growth including being named #9 on Travel and Leisure Magazine’s top 15 hotel brands in the world in 2016. Leondakis expanded the company’s Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hotel brands, as well as introduced the Singapore-based Alila Hotels & Resorts to the Commune portfolio. Previous to Commune, Leondakis led Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants as their President and Chief Operating Officer, where she started in 1993 and was a key member of the executive team that led the growth of the company from 15 hotels to 50. Under her leadership, Kimpton was named one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Leondakis also held various leadership roles with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company from 1985 – 1993. She began her hospitality career for Marriott Hotels in 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Leondakis has had a longstanding passion for building work environments that bring out the best in its employees by celebrating differences with educational programs that breakdown barriers and foster appreciation for the richness and depth of perspective our unique heritages and cultures bring to our lives. Her goal of creating a workplace culture that facilitates personal and professional growth, instills pride, self leadership and ownership among employees has led to numerous awards and accolades including Commune Hotels & Resorts being recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by Crain’s New York and rankings on both the San Francisco Business Times’ “Best Place to Work” and Chicago Tribunes’ “Chicago’s Top Workplaces” lists. Individually, Leondakis has received numerous industry awards, including being cited in 2015 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO’s. A recipient of the Leadership Excellence award by HR.com and LEAD2016, Leondakis has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Women" by the San Francisco Business Times repeatedly since 2002 and in 2016 she was honored as one of the top CEO’s in the Bay Area with their corporate “Trailblazer Award”.
She was also recognized as one of "30 Women Power Players" by Nation's Restaurant News and named one of the "Most Powerful Women in Travel" by Travel Agent Magazine. She was the recipient of the International Food Service Manufacturer's Association Silver Plate Award for Operator of the Year, the Fred Tibbits Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence, and Penn State's Hotel and Restaurant Society Hospitality Executive of the Year. Further, Leondakis' alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Department of Hospitality and Tourism, awarded her its Stephen E. Elmont Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011, and in 2012 she was honored with Hospitality Design's Platinum Circle Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Horst Schulze Award for Excellence in Hospitality.
Tempering business with community stewardship, Leondakis has been dedicated to the advancement of women serving on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Worldwide since 2004 and as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2009 – 2011. In 2006 Leondakis was a founding member of the San Francisco affiliate of Dress for Success, pulling together members of the community and local corporate sponsors that began the Bay Area presence for the global non-profit that promotes the economic advancement of women.
Leondakis has also served on Boards of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, Women’s Food service Forum, The Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece, and currently serves on the board of The Real Real, an online luxury consignment business that encourages consumers to purchase luxury products in a sustainable way.
A native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Leondakis divides her time between Denver and Sonoma, California.