About CEO Roundtable:
Tucson Young Professionals holds monthly CEO Roundtable events as an avenue of professional development for our members.
We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader. The atmosphere is casual and conversational.
About Jan Lesher:
Lesher returned to her hometown in the spring of 2010 after serving former Arizona Governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano since January 2003.
Lesher served Secretary Napolitano as Chief of Staff for Operations, overseeing the daily activities of Agency’s 230,000 employees and $52 billion budget. Immediately prior to her move with the Secretary to Washington, DC, Lesher was the Governor’s Chief of Staff. Prior to being named to that position, Lesher served as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce and the Director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office
Born, raised and educated in Tucson, her professional experience is extensive; she served as Vice-President of Communications and Marketing for the Tucson Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Tucson Community Cable Corporation and Vice-President of Warner-Amex Cable. She founded Lesher Communications in 1990, handling corporate, public and government relations for various entities.
She has an impressive history of community involvement, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Arizona Town Hall; the Greater Arizona Development Authority; the Community Food Bank; and La Frontera. She was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business and recognized with the Women Who Lead award from the University of Arizona Women’s Studies Advisory Council in 2004. She was honored as the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2005. In 2008 she was the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy and received the YWCA Business Leadership Award.
Lesher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona.