Leslie McKnight, PHD

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People First University

Leslie L. McKnight, PhD is currently the Senior Economic Development Specialist for the City of Peoria, IL and M.B.A. adjunct professor at Robert Morris University and Benedictine University.

She is the founder of McKnight & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, process improvement, change management, and executive coaching. She is an expert in implementing new processes and sustainable ways of doing business that result in increased revenues and cost savings. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, Springfield, IL and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus Institute, Chicago, Illinois.

Her current research and consulting interests focus on the use of self in leadership, strategic management, and organization change. She is published in various academic and management publications. Dr. McKnight recently published an article entitled “Strategic Cultures Drive Organization Performance” in InterBusiness Issues Magazine, Central Illinois.

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