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Leslie Kerner is the Vice President of Professional Services for Wireless Generation, an education company that creates tools, systems, and services that help educators teach smarter. Wireless Generation currently serves more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students with mobile assessment software, adaptive curriculum solutions, large-scale longitudinal data systems, and comprehensive professional services. Leslie built the company's professional services division, which is dedicated to improving teacher and school leader effectiveness, providing training, professional development, and consulting services that help educators utilize data to personalize instruction. Prior to starting the company's professional services division, Leslie spent close to three years growing Wireless Generation's account management department. She began this role as the sole account manager and expanded the team to over 20 people serving over one million students in 49 states. Under her leadership, the staff began to focus on both complex problem solving and implementation, as well as anticipating districts' and teachers' needs for future offerings. Before she joined Wireless Generation, Leslie was a manager at Deloitte Consulting, where she ran large projects in the public sector, consumer goods, and financial services industries. She sought out engagements in the firm's emerging e-learning and learning management systems implementations, helping build a practice around tools that helped professionals manage and track their continuing education and build skills to increase effectiveness. While in graduate school, Leslie worked with the dean to build a business plan that launched a for-profit executive education spin-off from the university. She also worked in her capacity as class Curriculum Representative to bring the schools' first-ever "social entrepreneurship" class to the business school. Leslie is committed to education outside of work, serving on the New York City Board of Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit organization focused on helping teens make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Leslie holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Duke University. She lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband and two young sons. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.