Leisa Hunter Smith
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Leisa Hunter Smith's Bio:
Leisa Hunter Smith's Experience:
Founder at Publishing With Attitude Pty Ltd2009 - 2014
Provides hourly and on-going author consulting, nonfiction manuscript analysis and critique, author website/blog evaluation and proactive assistance, marketing strategy development, and project management for independent authors (print and e-book). Authors have achieved bestselling and #1 status on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.uk, Amazon.com.de, Amazon.com.au, and Amazon.com.ca.
MBSR Teacher, Mental Health Advocate at Towards Mindfulness2006 - 2013
Discussion sections, lectures and on-site programs Invited to train in the US, with MBSR founders: Dr. John Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Designing curriculum for in-class and online classes, program marketing, taught weekly MBSR sessions to adults over 10 week cycles using practical lessons.
Group Facilitator at Black Dog InstituteApril 2010 - September 2010
Wellness Pilot Project (REACH Program). Developing marketing initiatives in order to meet, and exceed enrolment projections. Participant selection and supervision, and delivery of weekly wellness/MBSR training to diverse adult population.
Careers Counsellor at University of Technology Sydney2000 - 2003
Designing and facilitating career development workshops, topics including: "How to Break into the Job Market," "Personal Branding for the University Student." Responsible for sole administration and student advising of North Shore campus Careers Office, serving a student population of approximately 3,400. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES: o Maintaining and organizing the Internship Library (Domestic/International). o Representing UTS at seminars, careers fairs and presented workshops. o Collaborating with Department Chairs, Faculty, Student Administration, Student Services, Admissions, Financial Aid, and International Student Services
Teaching Assistant at Bond University1999 - 2000
Introduction to Psychology: Learning and Social Lectures and laboratory, emphasis on research methods, critical thinking, and theory and major concepts in the domains of learning and social psychology.
Director of Career and Employment Service / Counsellor at Bond University1992 - 2000
- Full and part-time positions as Careers Service Director and Student Counsellor through 1992-2000. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES: o Increasing employer visits from one round of visits per year to 3 major two week visits per year with key national and international employers, including top tier accounting firms, law firms, and investment banks. o Organizing programs of motivational workshop series 3 semesters per year, with attendance of 40+ students per session featuring external speakers (employers and professional group representatives). o Managing 3 full-time staff members and continuing responsibilities from previous Student Counseling Coordinator position. o Achieving KPIs and ensuring activities and outcomes are completed accurately (e.g. career action plans). o Preparing annual reports and program assessments for department, reporting to Dean of Students. o Serving as Staff Advisor for Bond University Jewish Student Society and Bond University's Cheerleading Squad. o Providing on-site supervision of 4-day domestic orientation camps and delivery of international orientation programming once per semester, 3 times per year.
Psychology Instructor at University of Tasmania1991 - 1992
Psychology B Discussion sections, laboratory and tutoring, emphasis on research methods, writing for psychology and social psychology.
Postgraduate Psychology Intern at University of Tasmania1991 - 1992
Attending supervised training sessions with UTAS students, staff and community members through the UTAS Clinic. Training included providing 100+ hours of individual client assessment and therapy.
Educational Advisor at U.S. Department of EducationAugust 1990 - September 1991
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES: o Promoting US education opportunities to students and advising students on various opportunities, including study abroad, volunteer, internship, and gap year options. o Recruiting, training, and managing team of 12 volunteer student advisors according to US State Department guidelines.
Resident Advisor at University of LouisvilleMay 1984 - August 1985
Facility oversight and student life programming for 400 undergraduate students, including community development. Accountable for crisis management 24/7, updating emergency procedures, staff supervision and conflict resolution.
Managing Director & Consultant at USA Higher Education ConsultantsApril 2013
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES: o Placed 100% of all students into a top choice school to date while providing pre-departure orientation and housing, financial aid, and transportation advice. o Design and use innovative, cost-effective marketing techniques such as social media campaigns to connect with and identify new clients and conducts in-school education presentations (15-30 minute) to a public and private secondary territory of approximately 10,800 students, to recruit students and communicate company message. o Thrives in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, can multi-task with competing demands and stakeholders. Among my colleagues, I've always been known as the one who can make order out of chaos, and remain calm, especially when working with stressed students and parents, after hours, as needed. o Research student goals and identify their strengths as a university applicant. Brainstorming and planning essay and admissions strategies for challenging cases, e.g. student with learning difficulties, relocation impact on final year results, 'third-culture kid' concerns.
Secretary (NSW) / Member at Democrats Abroad2007
SECRETARY (NSW) & MEMBER 2007 - Present Democrats Abroad: Australia Serving in one year, non-paid elected position as Secretary. Grassroots outreach amongst expat US population in Australia. Event programming for two major events per year/planning of annual fundraising goals with organizational planning. Oversee annual conference planning for 40 + attendees.
Company Director at Medical UpdateAugust 2006
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS: o Director from company inception, authoring business plan and government grant, securing initial grant funding ($10,000) from NSW state government; company has earned $1.5 million to date. o Spearheaded 11+ projects with budgets ranging in the size of $7,000 upwards, efforts have saved the company more than 20% per annum in travel operations costs. o Introducing program to recruit Marketing Intern from local university with estimated savings to company budget of $24,000 per year.
Leisa Hunter Smith's Education:
Macquarie University2006 – 2007Certificate IV
Swinburne University of Technology2004 – 2005M.A.Concentration: Writing
University of Louisville1986 – 1990Concentration: M. Ed. Program, Educational Psychology
University of Louisville1982 – 1986B.A.Concentration: Political Science/Philosophy
Leisa Hunter Smith's Interests & Activities:
Travel to unique places, screenwriting, yoga, and live music.