Ms. Leonard teaches University seminars and Commerce electives on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, race and gender issues in the workplace, women in management, and balancing career and family and conducts workshops and training on these topics. Her background is in sales management, with a special focus in marketing strategy, and her administrative responsibilities and research are focused on issues in higher education, such as curriculum design, undergraduate advising, recruitment, and retention. She is particularly interested in issues related to minority recruitment, women in higher education, race and gender issues and strategies for balancing work and family.
Ms. Leonard has completed coursework toward a doctorate degree in higher-education administration and has completed papers and presentations related to higher-education issues. Working papers include “Women in Higher Education: Can They Have It All?” and “Why Is Business Losing Its Appeal: An Attitude Survey of First and Second Year Students at the University of Virginia.” Ms. Leonard has presented at the Undergraduate Business School Dean’s Conference and at the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business Undergraduate Programs Seminar on the following topics: “Co-Curricular Activities in Business Schools,” “Minority Recruitment and Retention,” and “Integrating Business School Curriculums.” Ms. Leonard also participates in several University committees and professional organizations. She serves on the University Admissions Committee, the Provost Policy Committee, and the University Diversity Council. She is a member of the McIntire Admissions Committee and the McIntire Undergraduate Program Committee, and chairs the McIntire Diversity Advisory Committee. She has previously served on the University’s Women's Center Advisory Committee and on the State Executive Committee for the American Council on Education, Virginia Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education.