Leslie HayesSenior Vice President, Education and Entrepreneurship
Based in Nashville Metro, Leslie works with clients throughout Tennessee.
Team Development
Operationalizing Strategies

I thrive on driving growth, maximizing operational excellence, and delivering financial performance. To deliver these outcomes I help build amazing teams and then contribute expertise in business strategy execution, process optimizations, financial oversight, program development and implementation.

As a lifelong entrepreneur, either full-time or side hustle mode, my passion to strengthen and support small businesses in my community is deeply personal. Because of this, my daily goal is to provide other entrepreneurs with exceptional training, advisors, and mentors to help them grow their businesses.

My path to my current role has been anything but linear but every single experience has contributed. The most humbling experiences have proven to be the most valuable and cherished. Through these experiences I have learned a few things about myself:

  • I excel at the execution of big ideas; I can make them happen.
  • I problem solve with a creative nature and analytical mind; for me, it takes both.
  • I can align and lead a world class team of top-notch professionals who shine and thrive in their individual strengths.
  • Continuous improvement isn’t just for company culture, it’s personal. I am constantly learning new things and new perspectives.
  • I focus on utilizing strengths in myself and my team to get things done.
  • I believe in meeting people where they are.
  • I’m a teacher and a learner.
  • Failure is my friend.
  • Integrity matters.
  • I never settle.
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Professional Experience
Senior Vice President, Education and Entrepreneurship
Director of the Women's Business Center
Director of Family Resource Center
Small Business Owner
Strategy and Implementation, Communication, Budgeting, Program development, Project Management, Team Development, Curriculum Development, Facilitating Learning, Emotional Intelligence, Creative, Analytical, Collaborative, Strengths Finder, Lifelong Learner
Salesforce, Articulate, Docebo (Learning Management System) Microsoft 360, Google Docs, Trello, Slack, Basecamp, Monday, Visio, Asana, Microsoft Project, SmartSheets, Excel, Prezi, Powtoon, Canva
Education & Certifications

Tennessee State University
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Tennessee Language Center
TESL Certification

Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Foreign Languages and Literatures, Spanish and French