Lesley Farnham

Lesley Farnham

Career Coach, Organizational Development Practitioner, Trainer/Presenter, Online Educator

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Higher Education

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Lesley Farnham's Summary

As a people focused and passionate trainer/educator & coach I thrive in an environment where innovation and a drive to provide the best for participants/students and the organizations who employ them is appreciated.

My leadership efforts have resulted in being awarded the top team of the year for two consecutive years and five years of top performance among my peers. Continual training, playing to the team members strengths and empowering a team is what I feel brings strong results.

Helping others is what drives me and is not only seen in my professional role but in my community service roles as well. I have dedicate myself to numerous causes for many years. It gives me great pride to be involved in helping train youth and young adults as they are our future leaders as well as honor our veterans for they have protected our freedoms and way of life. Helping to bring hearing to those without and to raise funds for those with cancer are causes I am proud to give my time and energy to.

Gallup StrengthsFinder = Strategic, Activator, Significance, Communication and Achiever

~ Vision/Mission Realization
~ Organizational Effectiveness
~ Change Management
~ Marketing & Event Management
~ Career Counseling for graduate students - MBA: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Legal Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, & Technology Management; Master's in Management: Health Care Management, Information Technology & Leadership; Master's in Health Fitness Management
~ Career Counseling for undergraduate students - Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Health Fitness, Information Technology, Internet Marketing, Paralegal, and Sales & Marketing
~ Interviewing preparation
~ Personal Branding (Resumes, blogs, cover letters, eFolio, Google+, twitter, & websites)
~ Social Networking
~ Women leaders

Lesley Farnham's Experience

Director of Career Services ~ Online

Minnesota School of Business

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2007Present (7 years 4 months) Richfield, Minnesota

Counsel and provide career assistance to all active students from the three online divisions (1200+) and graduates (1200+) seeking services. Five years as region with the top placement rate for Globe Education Network.

Oversee three direct reports – hire, train, performance reviews, and professional development planning.

Train on resume, cover letter, and thank you letter writing. Advise on how to effectively market one’s self (including online brand management), the importance of networking, and doing research on a company and position prior to pursuing an opportunity.

Teach Career Capstone course each term as well as facilitate Insights Discovery training sessions for students and newly hired staff.

Created an online Career Management Center for all Master's students which was greatly received and then expanded with the team to cover undergraduate programs as well.

Oversee quarterly graduation ceremony from speaker coordination, and vendor relations to seating assignments and program creation. Coordinate team's quarterly process of diploma mail-out for over 150 graduates.

Write articles for student blog as well as post to alumni Facebook page and general school page.

Online Instructor

Globe Education Network

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

October 2002Present (12 years)

Currently instructor for Career Capstone course where I guide students on strategies to reach their career goals - from career goal reflection, personal branding through online tools (LinkedIn, eFolio, etc.), career documents and developing networking messages.

Have been part of the redevelopment of the Career Development course on three occasions. Including helping to rename the course to Career Capstone and redeveloping the entire syllabus objectives and book selection for the course.

Have also taught first year Students Success course, Insights Discovery, Microsoft Office Professional – Advanced Level and Consumer Behavior.

Prepare lesson plans that effectively conveyed course material to students. Work with students to ensure they grasp the concepts of the class and knew how to apply them.

Academic Coordinator

Minnesota School of Business

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2003May 2007 (3 years 9 months) Richfield, Minnesota

Advised, guided and assisted students toward the successful completion of their program. Processed student registrations, program changes, and status changes for current, new and returning students. Handled student issues and concerns.

Planed quarterly course offerings for 2+ years based upon the tracked needs of the student population. Was a member of the retention committee. Audited student files to ensure timely graduation.

Evaluated general courses from other institutions for transfer of credit. Editor of the monthly campus newsletter. Edited biannual 90+ page course catalog. Promoted and conducted keyboarding test outs.

Marketing Specialist

Lancer Management Services

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Hospitality industry

December 2002August 2003 (9 months) Egan, Minnesota

Ad layout, design and placement for newspapers and magazines; Proposal/bid preparation; Maintain/updated company website; Monthly e-mail campaigns; Managed print production and relationships with printers (saved the company over $8,000 in printing costs).

Banquet Menus – designed and produced both hardcopies and PDF files for all five divisions; Event promotion; Frequent diner program creation and maintenance; Coupon/Gift Certificate creation.

Designed and produced the Saint Andrews Club quarterly newsletter and annual membership directory; Press releases; Proofreading, editing and writing of corporate documents.

Marketing Specialist II


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; RETK; Computer Software industry

December 2000July 2002 (1 year 8 months) Minneapolis, Minnesota

Initiated, researched, created and maintained company level competitive profiles; Assisted in the strategic planning and proposal creation of a customer first program.

Analyst coordinator; Department liaison; Trade show meeting manager; Photo shoot coordinator; Promotional item management; Proofreader.

Assisted in the planning, coordination and execution of our five-day global retail conference serving over 500 guests held at the Minneapolis Convention Center Sept. 9 – Sept. 13, 2001. As presentation team lead was responsible for the coordination of 50+ presentations given at the conference. Due to the tragic events of September 11th my crisis management skills were also put to extensive use at this event.

Recruitment Counselor


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Internet industry

December 1998November 2000 (2 years) Edina, Minnesota

Developed and managed relationships with e-cruting clients nationwide to maximize the techies.com online recruiting solution. Train clients on use of online job fairs and online resume database. In six months brought in over $100,000 of revenue from renewals and adding additional services.

As an Account Executive was part of a three-person team to successfully launch our services into the fourth market for techies.com. We were one of two teams company wide to have exceeded the launch goal. Worked with a teammate to create the company’s first client proposal of our services. This proposal became the base for all proposals given to clients.

Assistant Store Manager

Franklin Covey

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; FC; Professional Training & Coaching industry

May 1996August 1998 (2 years 4 months)

Responsible for building corporate client base, interviewing, hiring and training of staff, scheduling, ordering, and local promotions. Top performing new store for 1996. A key player in the 22+% sales increase during the second year.

Lesley Farnham's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Member Evaluator - Student Relations & Distance Education

      May 2009 present (5 years 5 months)

      Participate in accreditation visits at fellow ACICS schools and ensure standards and policies are being upheld. Review records to ensure SAP is being followed. Verify that data provided in the Campus Accountability Report has been accurately reported. Review general ledger statements of students to ensure proper processes are followed. Review student and staff files as well as interview selected staff and students.

    • So The World May Hear Gala Volunteer

      Starkey Hearing Technologies
      June 2004 present (10 years 4 months)

      Annually volunteer for gala. Have assisted with silent auction, live auction, hearing angle and been a celebrity handler.

    • Troop Leader, Cookie Manager and Voting Delegate

      Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
      • Children
      September 2006 present (8 years 1 month)

      Co-Troop Leader – Ambassador Troop 11385 – Assist in the guidance of an 8 member troop toward building character and confidence, and learning courage to do what is right. Empower young women to become leaders. Guided girls through earning the Sign of the Rainbow. Chaperoned girls on 5 day trip to Savannah, GA, as well as overnight encampments, fundraisers, and volunteer activities. Attend monthly leader meetings. A, B, & C Trained.

      Service Unit Organizer/Recruiter - oversee recruitment activities, including New Troop Formation events for the Woodlake Service Unit.

      Voting Delegate – Lead delegate for Woodlake Service Unit. Attend council meetings and vote on behalf of our service unit at annual meetings. Report back to service unit on council and national activities.

      Cookie Manager – Cadette Troop 11404 – Educate ten girls and their parents on how to safely and effectively be young business women and set goals. Track and submit troop orders, distribute cookies, track all accounting for monies owed and collect on those monies, pay troop monies to service manager.

    • Fund-raising Chair for Cub Scout Pack 384

      Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America
      • Children
      September 2010 present (4 years 1 month)

      Fundraising Chair – Oversee fundraising efforts for the Pack including goal setting, motivation, safety training, ordering and distribution of products. Track all monies owed and collect funds from parents. By end of second year as chair raised enough funds to purchase a new aluminum Pinewood Derby track.

      Treasurer – Managed Pack checking account, ensure members pay dues and fees in a timely manner, and process all funds from fundraising activities (Nov. 2010 - Aug. 2013).

    • Board Member – Communications/Marketing Chair

      Honoring All Veterans Memorial
      September 2010 present (4 years 1 month)

      Assist in the planning, marketing and execution of our annual Memorial Day Ceremony for 500+ guest as well as numerous fundraisers held. Ensure that press releases are issued and coordinate media coverage of events. Work with city staff on hosting of website and updating content as well as Facebook page.

    • College Chapter Director

      Delta Zeta Sorority
      • Education
      August 2002 May 2009 (6 years 10 months)

      Facilitated annual officer training sessions where leadership strategies, goal setting, conflict resolution and communication skills were taught.
      Provided one-on-one leadership training to all executive board members and chairwomen (typically trained 17 women each year).
      Ensured that all national policies are up held, that reports were submitted on time and that the chapter was functioning to its fullest.
      Chapter earned regional Most Improved award after first year of advisement and several campus and regional awards in the years following.
      Oversaw executive board, chapter meetings, the nominating committee, the judicial board and rituals.
      A mentor, guide and resource to the chapter as a whole.
      Maintained an alumnae advisory board where other alumnae assisted in guiding the chapter.
      Assisted in the preparation of regional conferences serving ~150 collegiate women.
      Region Leadership Presenter – workshops on online brand management, career planning, risk management and leadership.
      Participated in yearly campus Leadership Development Institutes.
      Facilitator for Recruitment Boot Camp in Fall of 2007.
      Attended national conferences – 2002, 2006 and 2008.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Arts and Culture
      • Children
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Education
      • Health
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Social Services
    • Organizations I support:

      • American Cancer Society
      • American Heart Association
      • Boy Scouts of America
      • Delta Zeta Sorority
      • Disabled American Veterans
      • Girl Scouts of the USA
      • Honoring All Veterans Memorial
      • Starkey Hearing Technologies

Lesley Farnham's Projects

  • Social Media for Small Business Presentation

    Team Members: Lesley Farnham

Lesley Farnham's Skills & Expertise

  1. Adlerian based Organizational Leadership
  2. Career Counseling
  3. Career Education
  4. Career Pathing
  5. Communication Preferences
  6. Educational Leadership
  7. Insights Discovery
  8. Leadership Development
  9. Online Educator
  10. Oganizational Effectiveness
  11. Personal Branding
  12. Professional Networking
  13. Recruitment/Retention
  14. Student Counseling
  15. Student Development
  16. Vision Development
  17. Communication
  18. Preferences
  19. Online Advertising
  20. Social Networking
  21. Organizational Effectiveness
  22. Business Networking
  23. Public Speaking
  24. Business Insights
  25. Career Management
  26. Cover Letters
  27. Blogging
  28. Training
  29. Interviews
  30. Career Development
  31. Recruiting
  32. Staff Development
  33. Leadership
  34. Hiring
  35. Facebook
  36. Curriculum Development
  37. CampusVue
  38. Job Search Strategies
  39. Social Media Marketing
  40. Higher Education
  41. Employee Training
  42. Human Resources
  43. Student Affairs
  44. Networking
  45. Social Media
  46. Student Financial Aid
  47. Event Management
  48. Editing
  49. Student Engagement
  50. Community Outreach

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Lesley Farnham's Education

Alfred Adler Graduate School

Master's Degree, Management Consulting & Organizational Leadership


Grade: 4.0

St. Cloud State University

Bachelor's Degree, Mass Communications ~ Public Relations*


Was the College Chapter Director for the Delta Zeta chapter at SCSU from 2002 - 2009.

* Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

Activities and Societies: Delta Zeta, PRSSA, Panhellenic Council, Hall Council, and Cycling Club

St. Cloud State University

Bachelor's Degree, Speech Communications


Lesley Farnham's Additional Information


Social Media, Girl Scouts, Fraternity/Sorority leadership, Building tomorrows leaders, Career Networking, Career Development, Organizational Leadership, Community Service, Photography, Gardening, and Biking.

Groups and Associations:

Delta Zeta - Twin Cities Alumni Association Girl Scouts - Leader Cub Scouts - Fundraising Chair Mary Kay Consultant

Honors and Awards:

2011 Outstanding Career Services Team of the Year Award - Metro
2010 Outstanding Career Services Team of the Year Award - MN
2008 Graduate Scholarship Recipient – Delta Zeta Foundation

Lesley Farnham's Organizations

  • Minnesota Career Development Association

    • 2007 to Present

Lesley Farnham's Certifications

  • Insights Discovery Client Practitioner

    • Insights
    • July 2007

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