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Trailblazers.FM: Black Professionals | Entrepreneurs | Leaders


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Jun 13, 2016

Kelly Leonard is a speaker, trainer, award-winning CEO, and former Fortune 500 Vice President. A certified public accountant (CPA-inactive) and corporate trainer with over twenty-five years serving government, non-profit, private and public industries [including Fortune 100], Kelly has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences across disciplines. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Some of the questions I asked Kelly: 06:00 -  Was being an entrepreneur and business woman your dream as a kid?  08:00 -  What were some of the big lessons you learned about business and about yourself [as a CPA]? 10:00 -  Take us through the transition from CPA to CEO of your own company? How did that unfold and over what period? 13:40 -  Are there any rituals or routines that help to sharpen your mind and keep you grounded? 14:45 -  Is Taylor Leonard Corporation more of a lifestyle brand?  16:00 -  Could you share with us one of your road blocks that caused you to have to take a major detour.  Tell us about that challenging time, what happened and how you were able to overcome it and get back on track? 20:00 -  How has family had an effect on shaping the business woman that you are today? 21:45 -  Why is LinkedIn so valuable for those that learn to use it effectively? 24:15 -  What could we put into practice today to make LinkedIn more effective for us?  Links and resources mentioned: Taylor Leonard Corporation Website Kelly Leonard on LinkedIn Kelly Leonard on Twitter Kelly's Fav Book: The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson; How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Kelly Leonard's Bio Kelly Leonard is a speaker, trainer, award-winning CEO, and former Fortune 500 Vice President. A certified public accountant (CPA-inactive) and corporate trainer with over twenty-five years serving government, non-profit, private and public industries [including Fortune 100], Kelly has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences across disciplines. Prior to becoming CEO of Taylor-Leonard Corporation (T-LC), Kelly held leadership positions with GE Capital, Kaiser Permanente, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Currently, Kelly oversees T-LC's [LinkedIn] training and business development practices. Kelly has personally trained 5,000+ participants using the same methodologies that resulted in her firm generating $500,000+ in new consulting revenue in their core IT competency (Customer Relationship Management) within the first 24 months of strategy implementation. Although Taylor-Leonard Corporation’s clients include government agencies, non-profits, and publicly traded companies, Kelly’s most passionate about leveraging the best practices of multinational enterprises to be a catalyst, compass, and connector of new business development and expansion for entrepreneurs and the small business community. Kelly is a wife and mother of two teenagers. In addition to serving as marriage mentors in their local church, Kelly and her husband, Jerome, are Area Developers for Nehemiah Project; a global non-profit organization whose mission is to build and equip kingdom businesses globally using Christian business training, education, and coaching tools.   Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn