Lesley Robinson

Founding Director, Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute - The University of Texas at Austin
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Lesley Robinson empowers students - especially women - to find the best path to their own destination. Robinson’s higher education experiences, nonprofit management, and corporate partnerships have supported early-stage entrepreneurs to be innovative and impact-focused. She has worked with the Chanel Foundation’s “PowHER in Tech” project and INCO Global’s Academy training program to support recruiting, retaining, and providing equitable access for women in the tech sector. 

Currently, Lesley is the Founding Director for the newly launched Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI) at The University of Texas at Austin, supporting curricular and co-curricular efforts to equip, build community, and empower women and creatives often underrepresented in entrepreneurship. She currently teaches the Entrepreneurial LeadHERship course focused on guiding student leaders on a journey during which they will discover their personal values, strengths, and authentic leadership style through a gender-informed perspective. Lesley empowers and equips the KS WELI to accomplish its goals by being foundHER-focused. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, where her dissertation work is focused on gender-aware approaches to teaching entrepreneurship education. 

She is the proud mother of a dinosaur-loving 5-year-old girl.