LaShunda Leslie-Smith, LMSW  earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Services from St. John Fisher College, a Masters in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.

LaShunda developed her passion for youth and the human service field through her roles as a child protective investigator for Monroe County Department of Human Services and therapeutic foster care social worker for Hillside Family of Agencies. LaShunda’s nonprofit management and fundraising skills were further developed in her role as Executive Director of Successful Pathways, an organization that she founded. Her responsibilities include overall agency management, human resources, program development, grant compliance, marketing and fundraising. LaShunda currently serves as the President and CEO of Young Women’s College Prep, Inc. YWCP is Rochester’s first and only all girls public school. LaShunda is a highly sought after motivational speaker and workshop presenter  LaShunda shares her story of overcoming being a mom at the young age of 14, all over the county.

Well known and loved by her community, LaShunda has been nominated and selected as the recipient for numerous awards and accolades. LaShunda was named one of Rochester, New York’s “Emerging African American Leaders”, by the Democrat and Chronicle, she has been featured in Rochester Insider magazine, and was named the “Woman in the Spotlight” by the Women’s Council of Rochester, NY. Rochester Insider magazine named Ms. Leslie-Smith, “Most Likely to Succeed”, and HerRochester named LaShunda “A Woman to Watch”. The City of Rochester, awarded LaShunda the “Pioneer Award” for the youth work that she does in Rochester. Most recently, LaShunda was featured on the cover of Breakthru Magazine and named one of the “Most Influential Women in Upstate New York”. In addition, she was featured in Rochester Women’s Magazine in the “Inspire Section”.


Committed to her community, LaShunda serves on several boards and committees.  She also serves in multiple ministries at her church. LaShunda is a motivational speaker, author, and consultant. LaShunda is blessed to share her life’s journey with her husband Moses Smith and their two children, Branden and Myanna.