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. I'm now an alumna of their New York seminar, and because of Jenesse, I write.

When Jenesse’s personal story and joy-filled attitude changed my life, I felt compelled to spread the message. Because of her, I speak.

When I missed our rich, heartfelt, and often hilarious conversations, I wanted to find more of the same. Because of her, I host a podcast.

I’m a firm believer that surrounding ourselves with exceptional people can only serve to raise us higher. So join me by reading, listening, or subscribing to stay connected, and let’s all rise together.

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