Leslie A. McKinney has more than 20 years of leadership. During her time at Xerox Corporation, she had various roles fromprocess/assembly engineer to design for manufacturability to lean six sigma.She has been fortunate to hold leadership roles in supplier management, quality assurance, supply chain management, operations, and customer relationships. Ms. McKinney is now the Director of the Chicago Chapter of Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), an organization focused on bridging the leadership gap for black women in STEM.
As ambassador and champion for BWISE, she attends local events and meetings promoting the mission and vision for the organization. She has established a local network which has incredibly grown the professional membership and has built partnerships with industry leaders and other organizations to increase critical knowledge to underrepresented women in STEM.In doing so, Ms. McKinney has created and coordinated several programs and virtual chats including Blockchain, branding, data analytics,cybersecurity, and 3D printing. Also, she has been nominated to speak at various engagements educating children and women about her experiences and view on STEM.
Ms. McKinney is a strong believer in mentoring at all stages of our lives. She was named a mentor for the 1st cohort at mHUB, Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing and a mentor for Chicago Innovation Women Mentoring Co-op.
Ms. McKinney was chosen by senior leadership at Xerox Corporation to participate in the executive Master’s program at Clarkson University and received her M.S. in Engineering and Global Operations Management. She also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University and A&M College. She is a certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and SCRUM Master. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.