Leslie joined Midland States Bank in August of 2020, as the Sr. Employee Relations Specialist. Her core areas of competency include recruitment and employee relations matters. Midland has also allowed Leslie to grow in the DEI space. Leslie recently completed and became a certified diversity professional through Cornell University.
A St. Louis native, before joining Midland Leslie practiced law in the areas of family, criminal defense, and education for more than 16 years. She obtained both her BA in English and Juris Doctorate from UM-Columbia. She also holds a certificate of completion from the National Computer Forensics Institute, in Computer Forensics and Discovery and recently was recognized as a Certified Diversity Professional with the completion of Cornell’s certification program.
Leslie’s former experience as the chair of the St. Louis County Board of Equalization, a municipal judge, prosecutor, and political consultant, gives her a holistic insight into privilege and the connection between just living and thriving. Leslie’s love for DEI work was birthed out of being the first black or first woman to hold these positions.
She’s served as a board member, with great organizations including the Women’s Lawyers Association-St. Louis, Mound City Bar Association, Women’s Political Caucus-St. Louis Chapter, Women’s Political Caucus-Missouri Chapter, and Girl Scouts of America. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Sophia Project.
Yes, I’ve taught classes and given speeches for more than 20 years.
Chapters you can speak at: Belleville, Illinois, Edwardsville, Illinois, O’Fallon, Illinois, West County, Missouri, Any Metro East Chapter, St. Louis Area, Virtual EmPower Hour
I’m interested in speaking at: Training/Workshop, Conference
Phone Number: 1-314-556-3747
Title and Business: Sr. Employee Relations Specialist, Midland States Bank
Three Presentation takeaways:
This PowerPoint presentation will equip attendees with effective communication skills designed to resolve conflict before it even starts.
* Don’t take it personal
* Learning communication needs
* It’s not what you say, but how you say it