Leah Ward-Lee is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them.
Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned.
Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company.
During and subsequent to those ventures, she spent twenty years in the US Army first as a company clerk (think Radar O’Reilly from Mash), subsequently as a software engineer, specializing in Bio-Medical systems and retiring as the Chief Information Officer for the Army’s Medical Region encompassing seven states and Puerto Rico. After retiring from the US Army she served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies. She continues to enjoy her current career as a management consultant working with companies from Start-Ups to the Fortune 500 to improve their profitability and productivity.
Her education includes Bachelor’s Degrees in Business and Organizational Development from St. Leo’s College, Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration/Business from Baylor University.
Leah lives on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.