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Director | Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute at the University of Texas at Austin

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Lesley Robinson is the founding director of the KS WELI at UT Austin, where she empowers students—especially women—to “take the world by the horns.” Her passion is supporting students to find the best path to their own destination. Through the newly launched Women in Entrepreneurship specialization at UT, she is a lecturer in the McCombs Schools of Business, where she co-created the Entrepreneurial LeadHERship course that takes student leaders on a journey to discover their personal values, strengths and authentic leadership styles through a gender-enlightened perspective. By being “foundHER” focused, Robinson redefines leadership and entrepreneurship by building a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community; encouraging creativity and innovation; representing that “if you can see her, you can be her”; challenging barriers women face; and growing the number of women-owned and -led businesses. A Ph.D. candidate in higher education leadership from Colorado State University, her dissertation work is focused on gender-aware approaches to teaching entrepreneurship education. Empowering women to lead. Encouraging the world to follow.




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