Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Previous Chapter Position:
Director of Marketing Strategies
LeShai Phelps joined the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter a few years ago in hopes of networking with other analysts in the Lexington area and to obtain knowledge to help her to learn BA practices.
LeShai graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Early on in her career, she was on a path to be a call center manager. Starting off as a customer service representative at a major communications company. The company was purchased by an even bigger company and her job was no longer available. This led her on a job search, where she found her niche at Tempur-Pedic, where she has been for the last 12 years. Within a few short months, she became an account manager, and was promoted to a supervisor. During this time, she collaborated on several IT projects to help upgrade and enhance the current ERP system. This included composing process maps of current and future state processes, information gathering, composing training documentation, and training users. She was recruited by the IT Department to join the company’s ERP implementation team, where she became very familiar with the business analyst role and realized she had been doing the function for several years.
In 2015, she was recruited by the Director of Marketing Strategies to fill the role, so the current position holder could accept the role of Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In 2016, the VP resigned, allowing LeShai the opportunity to fill the position. One of the first contributions LeShai made, in collaboration with Aaron, the current VP of Professional Development, was the creation of the Chapter’s quarterly newsletter, Bluegrass BA Connection.
LeShai currently lives in Richmond, KY. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel, and spend time with family and friends. She is currently studying for the CBAP certification, which she hopes to obtain by Fall of 2017. She looks forward to working more with the Bluegrass Chapter and determine ways to increase engagement in the Chapter and attendance to meetings.