Who am I?

I’m a Canadian/American (yes, it’s a thing), having moved to the US in the late 90s. After obtaining a degree in Organizational Development, I left my previous job as an RN for the unexpected path of leadership development. But my biggest unexpected path was yet to come.

In 2007, a dear friend, Jenesse Aurandt, lost her battle with breast cancer, but not before making me promise to “write a book someday.” I’m a girl who keeps her promises, so I enrolled in Southern Methodist University's (SMU) creative writing program in Dallas, TX and fell in love with the process.

Because of Jenesse, I write.

When her personal story and joy-filled attitude changed my life, I felt compelled to spread the message of influence.

Because of Jenesse, I speak.

When I missed our rich, heartfelt, and often hilarious conversations, I wanted to find more of the same.

Because of Jenesse, I host a podcast for women.

I’m a firm believer that through exposure to exceptional people, we're better able to connect to ourselves. So, let's be purposeful in where we spend our time and put our efforts. Unexpected paths await us all.

Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, Leana now stacks her books permanently in The Big D.