As Senior Program Director of the Membership department, Urban & Community Entrepreneur Program, and the Entrepreneurial Fellows Class, Rhonda Carson Leach is responsible for developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs focused on providing business leaders with the direction, knowledge and connections to take their businesses to the next level. She is also lead facilitator for the IEE’s Urban Power to Prosper, a nine-month certificate program for small business owners in urban neighborhoods that explores such topics as access to capital, financial management, strategic planning, sales strategies, access to new markets, and managing human resources.
Rhonda Carson Leach has over 16 years of experience motivating small business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, nonprofit leaders, groups and individuals in a career or life transition to use their innate abilities to master their goals and achieve success. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, conflict resolution and group dynamics. She is also an executive life coach, management consultant, corporate trainer and motivational speaker in the Pittsburgh area.
Rhonda Carson Leach was honored as one of 50 Women of Excellence by the New Pittsburgh Courier in 2009 and as a Minority Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2005. A member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania, she has served on the boards of the American Society for Training and Development, YWCA of Pittsburgh, Children/Adults Recreational Services, Urban Youth Action, Inc., and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
As Senior Program Manager, Nicole Hudson is responsible for the recruitment and management of all entrepreneurial activities under the Entrepreneurial Fellows Class and Urban and Community Entrepreneurship Program. She will work closely with the Director to coordinate the administrative function of both centers, and is responsible for planning and maintenance of organizational needs and client and community relationships. Nicole will assist the Director in cultivating and closing leads to ensure quality program execution. Nicole comes to the IEE from within the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, central administration office. She is a strong supporter of Pitt and is actively involved in the University’s Staff Association Council, and volunteers her time to University wide events and initiatives.