Every opportunity is a learning opportunity. I truly believe that it is the everyday experiences in the workplace that prepare you the most for career success. I often say that I got my first MBA while working at Disney. But I can also look back further — even to my first job as a teenager — and there’s so much I learned then and throughout my career that I continue to carry with me to this day.
As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Leigh Ann Klee.
Leigh Ann always wanted to be a ballerina, and though you won’t find her on stage today, you will find her keeping the finance, human resources, IT, legal and print production teams at Pace on their toes. Passionate about giving back, Leigh Ann has served on many boards, from the United Way of Greater Greensboro to the Triad chapter of JDRF, before joining the boards of Triad Stage and The Presbyterian Homes Inc., where she currently serves as treasurer. She’s always looking for ways to weave giving back into Pace’s business model and recently helped bring to fruition the Pace Impact Project — a new initiative aimed at helping underserved business founders harness the power of social media. A CPA, Leigh Ann is a proud University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum, where she earned her bachelor’s in business administration and master’s degree in accounting.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve always loved math and I’ve also always had a passion for drawing, so when it came time to choose a major, I was torn between architecture and business…