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Leigh Lester-Holmes

Educator | Adjunct Instructor | Curriculum Developer | Corporate Trainer

Summary

Over 18 years of experience working in higher education and nonprofit settings with an emphasis on promoting and supporting the mission and values of the university and agency. Professional experience focused on program development, curriculum development, classroom management, online learning, and developing community partnerships for experiential education opportunities. Strong background in training, cross-departmental project management, supervision, and public speaking. Proven ability to work and develop partnerships with individuals from different backgrounds with varying interests and goals. Outstanding leadership, organizational skills, and knowledgeable of theory as well as practical implications. Excellent listening skills, verbal and written communication skills, with a strong commitment to online learning. Adept at working with multiple divisions and departments to achieve goals of the university

TEACHING experience

2013Present

Adjunct Instructor – Remote

MAHARISHI UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT

Marketing Management / Entrepreneurship Practicum and Internships in Management

  • Developed syllabus, learning outcomes, and course structure. Collaborated with Department Chair to develop curriculum and university retention initiatives. Established student learning outcomes for courses. Advises students in matters related to academics, attendance, and behaviors. Proficient with Sakai and Moodle.
  • Received feedback class participants in the 95%+ range for effectiveness, knowledge and presentation.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HOLMES UNLIMITED, LLC, Wichita Falls, TX | 2010 to Present

Chief Executive Officer
Direct all functions involving strategic planning, securing contracts, and corporate training. Provide technical assistance to staff members. Established office policies and procedures, implemented process improvement initiatives, and conducted staff trainings. Revise training materials as needed. Utilize a variety of teaching methodologies for training materials.

UNIDOSUS (Formerly known as National Council of La Raza), Phoenix, AZ | 2010 to Present

Trainer / Curriculum Development Coordinator – Remote (2015 to Present)

Trainer / Advanced Housing Counseling – Contract (2010 to 2015)
Focus on new curriculum development for the nation’s largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization. Recruit, interview, and conduct onboarding for all new trainers on programs. Evaluate consistency, relevancy, and effectiveness of programs. Prepare and update materials for trainers. Update assessments for trainers and act as a back-up trainer as needed. Updated curriculum for the housing counselor education initiatives and the foreclosure prevention program. Provided content for webinar (Marketing and Funding your Nonprofit) and taught classes (Homebuyer Education, Foreclosure Prevention, Dodd Frank Test Prep, and Advanced House Counseling).

 

MAHARISHI INSTITUTE, Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016 to 2017

Curriculum Developer – Contract

Collaborated with the Executive Director to create an Undergraduate degree in Business. Co-wrote the curriculum for the management course. Conducted benchmarks on ranked management programs and courses in order to make recommendations for the institute’s education system. Evaluated multiple learning management systems based on budget and needs of the student population.

 

NC HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, Raleigh, NC | 2011 to 2012

Business Analyst / Community Outreach Specialist

Focused on raising awareness and connecting community member to appropriate services and programs. Represented agency and community events, acting as a liaison for various NCHFA programs. Collected data and provided reports on outreach initiatives. Worked with local HUD certified housing partners to identify areas for improvements and provide trainings.

Education

2012Current

Doctorate of Philosophy in Management

Maharishi University of Management
  • [Expected 2018]
  • Dissertation Topic: The Impact Entrepreneurship Training has on Intrapreneurial Orientation and Intention.
20092011

Master of Management/ Public Administration

University of Phoenix, Online - ACBSP Accredited
20062009

Bachelor of Business Management

University of Phoenix, Online - ACBSP Accredited

Professional Development

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

  • Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Training, Certification | 2014

 

NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance

  • Housing Program Manager, Certification | 2009
  • Housing Counseling Class, Participant | 2008

 

NeighborWorks of America

  • Marketing for Nonprofits, Participant | 2011
  • Developing and Implementing an Effective Foreclosure Program, Participant | 2008
  • Credit Counseling for Maximum Results, Participant | 2010