As President and Founder of The Professionals Connection and Ethnic Online, New England’s Magazine for Ethnic Professionals, Leonard is not new to the professional scene. As one of the original founders of the Nubian Professionals in 2000 and Executive Producer of The Trailblazers of Color Gala, his dedication and passion for supporting ethnic professionals in New England are clear.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, Leonard attended the exclusive Copley Square High School (now known as the Muriel Snowden International School) and attended Northeastern University where he majored in computer science. With over twenty-five years of successful executive-level experience in technology and advertising sales, Leonard has worked for a number of Fortune 200 & 500 companies, including Forrester Research, Computervision (now Parametric Technologies), Prime Computer, InterGlobal Services and The Boston Globe.
Leonard currently serves as an advisor to the President of Roxbury Community College, Dr. Terrence Gomes. Through The Professionals Connection, Leonard has worked with a number of top New England corporations, such as Children’s Hospital of Boston, Bank of America, Staples Corporation, National Grid, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Stop & Shop Companies, and he has connected ethnic professionals to resources, people, and places. Leonard has also worked with a number of affinity groups in New England, such as the Black MBA, National Association of Black Accountants, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and National Association of Asian American Professionals. Leonard includes the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and Urban League of Greater Hartford as community organizations with which he has partnered over the years.
The Professionals Connection has also worked on the Ebony Fashion Fair in 2006–2008 as a co-producer in the Boston area. Since the incorporation of the Professionals Connection, Leonard has developed an active database of over 10,000 professionals throughout New England (and many outside of New England) and has supported their personal and professional development through corporate and community connections.