Founder & Director, Leahy Learning
Wynnewood, PA

icon-facebook  icon-instagram  icon-twitter

Tell us about your professional background.

I am a small business owner of 16 years, specializing in problem-solving and success
strategies, focusing on the impact of the learning process on people. My professional
services span education, counseling, learning disabilities, coaching, mentoring, ADHD
and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

I consult and train internationally to academic and corporate audiences on topics in
education and mental health. I work with the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD
Program, and in 2014, I co-authored a peer-reviewed medical textbook on ADHD. I am
active in multiple educational, charitable and volunteer organizations, and I look forward
to corporate and academic partnering in the future.

Who do you take inspiration from?

My clients. The motto at Leahy Learning is “The Learning Never Stops.”™ Clients have

expanded my world and helped me to see how much possibility exists – how we are all
capable of much more than we often believe. I am inspired by their progress and successes.
They have shown me that we really do all learn from each other, and we carry and build
on those lessons as we make our way through life and the world.

If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

As an admirer of Winston Churchill, I’d love to have dinner with his wife, Clementine.

Churchill called his marriage to her his most brilliant accomplishment. Words of wisdom
from unfailingly supportive, competent women are always insightful, and I believe she
would have amazing tales to tell.

What is the best career advice you ever received and from whom?

Be fearless and stay curious. My dad always told me to seek out someone who does
what you would like to do and reach out to them to ask for their expertise along the path
to success.

You were recently named a finalist for the 2015 Philadelphia A+ Educator Awards.
What drew you to the education field and what methods drive your great successes
with students?

A lifelong love of reading and a friend’s experience with his son’s learning issues led me
into education. When I recognized the psychological complexities involved in the learning
process, I saw the need for a new approach.

My success comes from dealing with clients positively, honestly, and with great humor. Life
is too short to be joyless! Education can be meaningless, unless there is a shared sense of
understanding. A big part of my job is helping people discover a new perspective and a way
to press on – to take a difficult subject or process and empower them to find a way to master
it. I feel that to understand what we read and to give meaning to what we write, we need to
be curious enough to experience and explore the world around us.

Answer this question from Christina Alfonso, December’s Up Close & Notable featured
member: How do you want to be remembered?

Kindly. And for having shaped the future by empowering others in the most joyful way possible.