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Leslie is an active member of these organizations:

American Society for Training and Development

She has served on the Board of the Cleveland Chapter of ASTD

Society for Human Resource Management

Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society(NEOHRPS)

Organizational Development Connection (ODC)

Greater Cleveland Growth Association (GCGA)

Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)

Ohio Speakers Forum (OSF)


 

 



Leslie's specialty is helping organizations turn challenges into opportunities. Her philosophy is simple: People are basically good, well-intentioned, courageous and able to learn, and her job is to provide a framework in which they can draw on their own inner resources to find creative solutions.

Leslie earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Development at Case Western Reserve University after graduating from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Education. She founded Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc. in 1987, designing the company's services to utilize the best of her organizational development and teaching skills.

In the corporate sector, she often assists in managing change to increase productivity. For example, Leslie was on one of the lead trainers for Chrysler Corporation's "Customer One" program, the largest retraining effort that ever took place in this country.

Non-profit companies turn to Leslie for strategic planning, leadership coaching, team building and training. For instance, Leslie has been retained by Cuyahoga County Work in Training, which supports the Welfare to Work project; her role is enhancing the skills of the self-sufficiency coaches.

As an entrepreneur, Leslie enjoys working with smaller organizations, whether it's to launch a new company or product, re-direct an enterprise that's gone off-course or help steer a company through the rough seas of rapid growth.

Leslie writes frequently for the Plain Dealer and other publications, travels internationally as a lecturer and keynote speaker, has taught at John Carroll University, Baldwin-Wallace and Kent State, and serves on the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Executive Education.

Leslie is co-author of the best-selling 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work and the author of Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work, Beans: Four Principles for Running a Business in Good Times orBad, They Just Don't Get It Changing Resistance into Understanding, Beyond Kicks and Carrots, Motivation in the 21st Century. 

Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work has been substantially updated and its case companies revisited. Important new insights about healthy corporate culture and fun at work are incorporated in a second, revised edition published in May 2007 by Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco. Beyond Kicks and Carrots, Motivation in the 21st Century, will be self-published in February 2008. It will be available through Amazon.

Away from her desk. . .

In those rare moments when she's not working, Leslie loves to travel to foreign lands and once spent a year backpacking around the world. She's lived in England and Australia, and done special projects in Sweden and Ethiopia.

 
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