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LaShunda Leslie-Smith

LaShunda Leslie-Smith, LMSW, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Services from St. John Fisher College, a Master’s in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University.

LaShunda most recently served as the President and CEO of Young Women’s College Prep Foundation, Inc., and is now the Executive Director of Connected Communities, a nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and revitalize the EMMA and Beechwood neighborhoods.

LaShunda enjoys serving as a motivational speaker through workshop presentations and conference keynotes. She shares her story of overcoming being a mom at the young age of 14, all over the country. LaShunda has been nominated and selected as the recipient for numerous awards and accolades, including being named a Rochester Business Journal’s Woman of Excellence award and the 40 under 40 honoree, Girls Scouts of Western New York Woman of Distinction, and an ATHENA Young Professional finalist by the Women’s Council of Greater Rochester. LaShunda is blessed to share her life’s journey with her husband Moses and their two adult children, Branden and Myanna.