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Phaedra LESLIE


Phaedra LESLIE

PHAEDRA M. LESLIE is the Director of Business Relations and Economic Development at the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) where she leads the development and implementation of workforce-focused business development programs throughout the Chicagoland region. Seeking to both recruit companies and help existing ones grow, she works as a key liaison with partners and corporate customers to market and expand economic development opportunities for local and regional businesses. In her three years, Phaedra’s hands-on leadership led a talented team of six to engage more than 500 employer partners and facilitate over 3,000 job placements.

Phaedra joined The Partnership after 10 years with a Chicago-based boutique consulting firm where she was Senior Vice President. While there, she conceived and implemented economic opportunity initiatives for government, corporate and institutional clients in procurement, to maximize the utilization of disadvantaged businesses; and in workforce diversity. Her career in nonprofit includes managing a citywide literacy program throughout the Chicago Public Library and facilitating a Bachelor of Arts completion partnership between Governors State University and Erie Neighborhood House.

In addition to her business relations role, Phaedra also serves as a founding Board Member to Completion Tutoring and Mentoring, a member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), is Board Secretary for the Washington Park Consortium, a member of the South East Chicago Commission (SECC), participates with the Denison Alumni Recruiting Team (DART). She also served as Co-Chair and member of Bronzeville's Teen Living Programs Auxiliary (TLPA) Board. She holds a BA from Denison University in English Literature and Mass Media Communications and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Phaedra is a Washington Park resident.


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