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Leslie F. Keelty, Ed. D., SPHR, HCS, SWP

Leslie F. Keelty, Ed. D., SPHR, HCS, SWP

Senior Consultant/Trainer

Dr. Leslie Keelty is an experienced Management and Leadership Consultant with clients in the private, not-for profit, and government arenas. Leslie is currently a Senior Consultant with The Diversity Training Group. Leslie also serves as a Pro bono Consultant for The Taproot Foundation and a Faculty Partner for the Human Capital Institute (HCI). She is a Certified Executive Coach, and holds numerous other certifications, including Human Capital Strategist, Strategic Workforce Planning, Diversity Training, MBTI, etc.


A current federal government client is the Department of Homeland Security for which Leslie is working to implement a mentoring program for management and non-management level employees with one of the purposes being to develop a pool of future leaders for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Division. Leslie is also working with the Treasury Department to enhance their performance management and mentoring and coaching processes in their Tax Audit Division.


A recent not-for-profit consulting role focused on strategic planning, while a current project is focusing on Strategic Staff Development for employees at all levels. Leslie teaches Human Capital Strategy (Talent Management) and Strategic Workforce Planning for the Human Capital Institute on an on-going basis. Participants in these courses are from the private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.


Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Leslie worked as a Human Resources professional for over 20 years specializing in the field of Training and Development. Leslie worked primarily in the private sector but also has experience working for not-for-profits.


In Leslie’s Training & OD roles, she headed up the Training and Organization Development function and managed corporate universities. Leslie created and implemented leadership development programs, mentoring, coaching, compliance training, performance management, and employee recognition and reward programs. Each leadership program included the use of mentoring and 360 degree feedback. Each mentor program’s purpose was to enhance diversity and communication and to grow a pool of leadership talent for future leadership roles.


In her role at Dewberry, an engineering/architectural firm, Leslie traveled around the country to conduct Coaching training to management staff and designed an award to recognize managers who were good coaches. She partnered with managers to create a mentoring program and conducted mentoring training. Leslie implemented formal mentoring programs in her roles at Arbitron from 1996 to 2000 and while working for ASCD from 2001 to 2005. At Black & Decker, Leslie worked on a team to design and implement a rotational Management Development Program across the North American Accessories Division.


Leslie has also published various online newsletters for managers. These newsletters communicated information regarding policies and procedures as well as scenarios and case studies about how to handle compliance issues, performance management, interpersonal communication, etc. in order to help managers become better coaches and mentors. For several years at Dewberry, Leslie published a newsletter specifically geared toward Diversity issues of all types, including, race, gender, age, education, geographic location, management vs. non-management issues, etc. This newsletter was called The Diversity Corner and was designed to reinforce the companywide Diversity Training that was conducted.


While working at Arbitron in the late 1990’s, the organization won a Diversity Award in recognition of its Diversity Team and its training and recognition and reward programs. While working at ASCD, the organization won the Washingtonian Magazine’s Award for being one of the 50 Best Places to Work and the 2003 CARE Award. Both these awards recognize programs around training and effective programs for employees at all levels. Most recently while at Dewberry, the company won the Helios Apollo Award in 2009 for organizations with outstanding training and development. 


Additional areas of expertise include strategic planning, employee opinion surveys, and a broad range of training programs including coaching, teambuilding, conflict management, communication, performance management, etc. Training audiences include managers and employees at all levels. Training methodologies include classroom and online learning.


Leslie completed her doctorate from the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program at The George Washington University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University and her Senior Professional in Human Resource Management Certification from SHRM. Leslie is an expert on organizational culture. Her doctorate, The Evolution of Organizational Identity and the Role of Commemoration and History focused on culture and organizational identity in a 52-year old organization.


Leslie has trained over 2,000 employees, managers, and executives in the areas of diversity, harassment, mentoring, conflict management, and performance management.

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