Brittany Leach

~ Finance Professional~

~ Consultant ~

~ Entrepreneur ~

~ Speaker ~

Natural hair, travel, and ancestry enthusiast.

My Projects & Businesses

Empowering women to live confident, free, and resilient. 

 

My Story

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I was born and raised in one of Chicago’s northwest suburbs. In the 90’s, Palatine, IL was poor in diversity and rich with opportunity. I grew up with certain privileges my Black peers raised in the city did not have, but the effects of being the only one like me, made me constantly question why I was different.  From my skin tone, to my hair, my speech, and my race, I never felt like I was enough.  I never felt like I truly belonged.  The prejudice and blatant racism that I faced as a child and teenager slowly smothered my confidence and subconsciously suppressed my voice.

It has taken a lot of self-work to rebound from the trauma of the past. I have learned not just to accept what makes me different, but to celebrate it. Had it not been for daring social movements like the natural hair movement, and the many examples of other Black women who chose daily to boldly walk in their calling, I would not have regained the confidence needed to accomplish all that I have.  It is my mission to help others do the same.

My 10 years of experience working with higher education institutions, campaigns, and nonprofits, demonstrates my keen ability to drive change: to transform, align, and inspire people in a fast-paced environment.  I am an experienced, people-oriented leader with a proven track record of successfully facilitating initiatives with multiple stakeholders by articulating a vision, translating it into an executable strategy, and driving cross-functional teams to deliver results.  I have a natural orientation towards developing organizational culture, leading change, and community building. I create structure, form and process where there is chaos and uncertainty in business, but more importantly in business women.  I build purposefully and I am passionate about encouraging women to be their best and unique selves, no matter what space they are in.  I have completed my Executive Masters in Public Administration program at New York University and I have a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

I like to spend my free time going on dates with my husband (we both love to eat some good food!), playing with my dog (Drake!), hanging out with my girls, and meditating. 

 

My curiosity leads me to learn, my ambition is the source of my growth and my anticipation allows me to know that the best is yet to come.

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Faded Conference Table

I am a healthcare, education, and politics finance professional & a diversity, equity, and inclusion champion.

 

My Career

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January, 2017 to Current

New York, NY

Head of Research and Finance, Pediatrics

@NYU Langone Health

Oversees research and finance operations, forecasts, control, initiatives, an analytical team and administrative processes to meet the departments aggressive goals in research, operating and philanthropic financial goals. In collaboration with the Department Administrator, develops strategies to ensure optimization of funding and financial support.

July, 2016 to December, 2016

Brooklyn, NY

Director of Financial Reporting

@Hillary for America (presidential campaign)

Key leader in creating financial infrastructure for our division including the establishment of accounting and operational processes, onboarding of staff, and establishing information systems. Led team focused on setting up internal controls, improving financial reporting processes and better managing disbursement processes.

May, 2016 - July, 2016

NY, NY

Manager of Superintendent Operations

@NYC Department of Education

Managed the budget, table of organization (headcount), and all central finance communication for all 46 Superintendents in the New York City Department of Education. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is the department of the government of New York City that manages the city's public school system. It is the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught in more than 1,800 separate schools.

September 2014 to May, 2016

New York, NY

Sr. Financial Analyst

@NYU Langone Health

Managed grants, clinical trials, discretionary accounts and prepared necessary transactions to ensure accurate financials for the Department of Medicine-Infectious Disease and Pulmonary Divisions

January 2012 to September, 2014

Chicago, IL

Financial Administrator II

@Northwestern University School of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic

Managed grants, clinical trials, discretionary accounts and prepared necessary transactions to ensure accurate financials for the Department of Medicine-Infectious Disease and Pulmonary Divisions.

June, 2010 to December, 2011

Miami, FL

Payroll Tax Accountant

@University of Miami

Managed finance team responsible for processing day-to-day transactions (expense reports, vouchers, and procard transactions), maintained the clinic transaction log, performed monthly budget reconciliations; our team also created and enforced updated clinic financial policies and procedures based on staff feedback and changes to Northwestern’s policies to ensure efficient, effective, and compliant day-to-day financial operations

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My Education & Training

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September, 2019

Executive MPA

@New York University

Completed Executive Master in Public Administration program designed for mid to senior-career professionals. Actively developed management practices and learned to identify opportunities to make positive impacts and lasting innovative changes in non-profit organizations.

June, 2018

Study Abroad

@ New York University Shanghai, China

Completed semester long course studying urbanization & sustainable development in a global context in Shanghai, China. Developed leadership skills through collaboration with 20 students of varying cultural backgrounds in teaching migrant students English at Stepping Stone Elementary School in Shanghai. Gained an in-depth understanding of cultural variations and gained experience understanding different perspectives.

 

May, 2018

 2018 Spring Intensive Training Program

@SRA International
Completed this 2 day departmental research training program centered on pre award research administration, financial management of sponsored awards, building a working relationship with central administration, and understanding how to use NYU Langone Health’s organizational policies and procedures to minimize risks. 

May, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance

@University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

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