Faculty: Leslie Swanson

Leslie Swanson, MBA

Title(s):
Adjunct Professor
School(s):
Business
323-895-9743
Campus(es):
San Francisco, Online

Leslie Swanson has over 30 years of proven corporate management expertise in Organizational Development/Leadership Development including 20 years working in Southeast Asia with international companies, non-profits and government organizations. She has strong project management and team leadership skills in delivering strategic objectives, employee growth and development and enhancing client satisfaction. In addition, she is passionate about incorporating innovative neuroscience research into change management and coaching.

Leslie has worked in the Human Capital field both internally and externally as a consultant. Some of her past positions include Organizational Development Leader for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, regional Senior Consultant for The Gallup Organization and William M. Mercer, and Executive Director of her own consulting firm. Prior to working in Asia, she was Vice-President/Director at the University of Phoenix, Director of Nursing Support Services at McKay-Dee Regional Medical Center, and a Financial Analyst at Norton Christensen.

Leslie’s areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Talent Management, Change Management, Human Error, Lean Processes & Tools, On-The-Job Training, Leadership Training, Teambuilding and Coaching.

Swanson earned her MBA from the University of Utah, Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and B.A. from Blackburn College (IL). She has a Certificate in NeuroLeadership (NeuroLeadership Institute) and is a certified coach (Gallup StrengthsFinder and Brain Based Coaching). Awarded Aidha 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Key team member on a village project in Laos in collaboration with UNIFEM, ENGENDER & PrimeTime which doubled the village income in 3 years.

Leslie loves walks in nature, travel, reading and working as a board member with K9 Youth Alliance in Pasadena, CA. She actively volunteers with Jericho Road Pasadena and Leadership Pasadena Veterans Program.


COURSES TAUGHT

PSYCH 348
Organizational Change

RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Strategic Planning
  • Talent Management
  • Change Management
  • Human Error
  • Lean Process & Tools

EDUCATION

  • MBA, University of Utah
  • MS, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • BA, Blackburn College
  • Certificate in NeuroLeadership, NeuroLeadership Institute

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2015 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Aidha Volunteer of the Year, 2012