Catherine W. LeBlanc is a North Carolina-based business and education consultant who works with businesses, universities and other organizations in the areas of leadership development, diversity, and ethics. LeBlanc, a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, has consulted with that organization on the design and implementation of leadership and career development activities for its members, as well as for its annual national conference. She was instrumental in establishing the organization’s very successful Leadership Institute.
LeBlanc’s multifaceted career includes work in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. She worked in the Clinton Administration, beginning her tenure in White House Personnel, and subsequently worked for the Secretary of Education as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where she led government efforts to increase federal dollars to the nation’s 105 historically black institutions of higher learning. In the nonprofit sector, LeBlanc held senior administrative positions with the Clark Atlanta University School of Business and the Atlanta Public Schools. Before transitioning to a career in education, she spent 15 years in the private sector with Scientific Atlanta, Inc. and General Electric.
LeBlanc received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She has honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges and universities, including Lane College in Tennessee; Fayetteville State University and Bennett College in North Carolina; Ft. Valley State University in Georgia; and Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association, the National Black MBA Association, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, federal agencies, and many other organizations, colleges, and universities have recognized her for professional and civic achievements. She is the proud mother of three adult children and the doting grandmother of two.