Early life: I was born in Texas but my family traveled non-stop as my father, a career military officer, was transferred from post to post. I have lived in a dozen states as well as in Germany and Singapore.
Professional career and activities: My career started in the U.S. Military where I served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Captain and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. I then spent five years in operations and legal roles in a diversified financial services company, followed by two years at Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. Prior to joining ProQuest, I held various positions during my 14-year tenure at LexisNexis including President, Global Operations for the global legal business, President and CEO of U.S. Corporate and Public Markets, CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific, as well as other business unit and strategic and business development roles.
Family: I have been married to my wife Lisa (an architect) for 19 years, and we have a 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.
In my spare time: I enjoy attending my children’s sporting events, reading, and travel. My most recent vacation with my family was to Turks & Caicos, which I highly recommend to anyone who has not had a chance to visit this island.
Favorite books: Too many to mention.
Pet peeves: Whiners who have no ideas on how to address their complaints.
Philosophy: Be decisive and take calculated risks. It’s more fun and always easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
Most memorable career achievement: Hope it hasn’t happened yet!
How/where do I see the industry in five years: I expect to see technology continuing to drive change, and in some cases disrupt, the way in which Higher Education institutions teach, do research, and run their operations. Our strategy is to react to this change by continuing to be innovative, flexible, and adaptive. In this industry, you do this or get left behind. Scholarly research is also growing in new markets, and we will respond to the expansion of education and support collaboration in these markets.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.