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ABOUT

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Connections, LLC, I use and share my diverse lifelong experiences – as a business leader, military veteran, veteran military spouse, and parent – to prepare, inspire, value, optimize, and transform (or PIVOT) aspiring and current leaders.


As a Maxwell Leadership Certified Team Member (MLCT), I also use an array of learning systems and tools developed by world-renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, and his leadership team. These resources, coupled with my signature programs and resources, equip me to provide exceptional needs-based services and experiences for adults, youth, parents, and families who are committed to personal and professional growth.


I am deeply committed to lifelong learning. In addition to attaining multiple MLCT certifications, I received a Certificate in Personal Development Coaching from The CaPP Institute. I also hold a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia College & State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.

 

Aligned with my passion for serving the community, I practice servant leadership holistically by volunteering my time and other resources to multiple nonprofit agencies, private organizations, and ministries that provide food, healthcare, education, and inspiration to others. 

Finally, I love to share my impactful personal story. You can read a little more about it here: Exploring Life & Business with Leslie Nelson of Pivotal Connections - Voyage ATL Magazine | ATL City Guide

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Session Descriptions

The following session descriptions are primarily based on the books and teachings of

John C. Maxwell and The Maxwell Leadership Team learning systems.

Keynote addresses, Pivotal Connections, LLC signature programs, and other learning resources are available to meet unique client needs. 

 

Please use the "Let's Connect" menu option to request an initial consultation.

Adult Leadership Development

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. This program is perfect for:

  • Places of worship, nonprofit agencies, and individuals

  • Aspiring leaders seeking to improve their ability to connect with others​

  • Anyone desiring to build more effective connection skills

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Learn the 15 tried and true principles of growth, from the law of intentionality to the law of pain, and how to apply each.

The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game

Played with 6 - 12 of your most influential leaders, The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game will help your organization improve its leadership intelligence and increase its effectiveness. It is a game-changer and will help improve your organizational leadership skills. This program is perfect for:

  • Senior management

  • Newly formed or transitioning leadership teams

  • Team-building audience activity

15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth

Learn the 15 tried and true principles of growth, from the law of intentionality to the law of pain, and how to apply each.

The Leadership Game

Played with 6 - 12 of your most influential leaders, The Maxwell Leadership Game will help your organization improve its leadership intelligence and increase its effectiveness. It is a game-changer and will help improve your organizational leadership skills. This program is perfect for:

  • Senior management

  • Newly formed or transitioning leadership teams

  • Team-building audience activity

Youth Leadership Development

The 21 Indispensable Qualities Of A Leader

Using John C. Maxwell's book of the same title as a reference, this course teaches teens how to build character traits and how to apply the qualities in their everyday interactions. They will also learn to take responsibility for themselves and their actions, express themselves, and handle problems and decisions when they arise. 

Building A Positive Self-image

In this interactive training, middle school students are encouraged to identify and appreciate their own unique qualities as well as the uniqueness of others. Participants will leave this training equipped with reinforcement techniques and methods that promote a positive self-image.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

This course will cover 5 principles and 5 practices outlined by John Maxwell and can help anyone connect better 1:1, in a group, or even with an audience. Students who complete this course successfully will be able to develop the 5 connection principles and practices: 

  • Find common ground with others. 

  • Simplify communication. 

  • Capture and keep people’s interest. 

  • Inspire others through communicating and connecting. 

  • Be authentic in relationships.

Leadership Experience Game

This game is designed to help teenagers recognize their ability to lead, improve their self-esteem, and learn how to serve and add value to others daily. The game is fully interactive, with real-world situations that promote critical thinking, persuasive speaking skills, and engagement with others to present solutions and reach consensus.

Youth Impact Exploratory Report/ DISC Assessment

Every young person has a unique style of learning and growing. This personality assessment will help youth: 1) identify their specific personality type, 2) learn ways to maximize their natural strengths to add value to others, and 3) make informed career choices.

D - Determined

I - Influencing

S - Steady

C - Conscientious

Parenting & Family Coaching

Assessments

Initial assessments provide baseline insights. Multiple interactive sessions follow that equip and empower parents to raise well-balanced, well-behaved and well-adjusted children.

Parenting on Purpose

These interactive sessions are based on Dr. Deborah L. Tillman's book entitled, "Parenting on Purpose:  A Menu for Raising Children in Today's Society". Learn actionable and tested techniques that will not only help your children but will also make you feel more confident in your parental skills.  

Thriving as Involved Parents

This 11-week comprehensive mastermind integrates an initial parenting assessment, parenting lessons, sharing parent and youth resources, and inspirational messages. Participants are encouraged to optionally share their contact information with each other for additional support, encouragement, and accountability. 

Personal Development Coaching

Work

Let’s face it. Our workplaces are dynamic, and no two professional environments are completely alike. These coaching sessions will help you identify methods to lead yourself, and others, consistently and authentically. You will also learn to identify effective leadership styles, collaborative behaviors, and practices to connect well with others.

Career

When our jobs are misaligned with our unique talents and passions, we often feel dissatisfied and are usually underemployed. In these sessions, you will identify ways to pivot, adjust, and re-position yourself while making steady progress towards your “dream” occupation. 

Personal and Professional Growth

Education comes in many forms.  Whether through college education, a trade or technical school, the military, or experiential learning, we all must continue to grow. These coaching sessions will help you identify the array of opportunities for personal and professional growth and commit to appropriate actionable steps.

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