Dr. Janet Leslie is a passionate educator and community leader. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from CUNY-Brooklyn College, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from CUNY-Baruch College, and a Doctorate of Management from the University of Maryland University College. Her academic research and professional passion lie in mentoring non-traditional and students of color within postsecondary environments. With over three decades of experience in senior administrative roles at City University of New York, she has worked at CUNY-Kingsborough Community College and CUNY-School of Labor and Urban Studies, at which she coordinated the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor.
Dr. Leslie founded the Gift of Experience LLC to offer mentoring and connect students to resources, and co-founded the Leslie-Carter Group LLC with her twin sons, Omar Gyasi and Ibraham Sharif, to establish generational wealth through real property acquisition. She has and continues to hold positions in various community organizations, including New York State Women (Formerly Business and Professional Women), National Council of Negro Women, Staten Island Museum, and Sundog Theatre. A believer in the transformative power of travel, Janet has explored numerous countries, believing her periodic sojourns have enriched her understanding of the human condition.