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Vice President, Governance / Board Development
Leslie Hilton is FCCS' Vice President of Governance and Board Development, where she oversees the organization’s practice in cooperative board and governance education, training, consulting, and facilitation, including the highly-regarded Premier Governance Series and Advanced Governance Series programs for cooperative directors. Leslie is committed to continually developing and enhancing these and other programs to develop cooperative board excellence and performance. She brings strategic insight and clarity to partner with clients in developing solutions to fit their needs and objectives.
Leslie has a diverse background that includes consulting, legal and cooperative experience. Prior to joining FCCS, Leslie managed her own consulting firm, SuccessPartner, LLC, where she worked primarily with executives and senior managers at organizations ranging from large, publicly-traded corporations to smaller entrepreneurial companies and non-profits to develop leadership and team effectiveness. Among her clients was a member-owned credit union, providing her key insight into the cooperative model. Through providing assessment, evidence-based executive and team coaching, facilitation, and training Leslie focused on the development of highly effective leaders and teams.
Earlier in her career, Leslie held legal roles in a corporate general counsel’s office where she dealt, in part, with legislative affairs, experience that serves cooperative organizations such as Farm Credit well given the recent increased focus on board governance and standards of conduct. She has also served as a director and as board chair for several non-profit organizations, so understands the requirements and challenges of meeting the fiduciary responsibilities that are key to the board’s role.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Colorado School of Law. She earned a Master of Science degree in Management, with an emphasis in Coaching and Consulting for Change, from the University of Oxford and HEC Paris.
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