Leslie Weiner Alger is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development expert who has extensive experience coaching and mentoring organizational leaders, managers and researchers in both technical and non-technical fields. As a senior technical leader Ms. Alger has twenty years experience leading large groups in a fast paced and challenging R&D environment. She also has fifteen years leadership experience in the non-profit sector.
Ms. Alger started her career as an electrical engineer conducting research in satellite communications and rose to the position of Group Leader at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory (LL). She has led both an information technology group and a satellite communications research group; these groups ranged from 80 to 150 people. While leading the information technology group at MIT LL, Ms. Alger enhanced both the technical and operational excellence of the group, developed the group into a center for excellence in IT and established research partnerships with other technical divisions.
Ms. Alger co-founded and was the first chair of the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) at MIT LL. The focus of the PWN was to enhance the professional development of women and, as PWN Chair, she organized and led many group mentoring and professional development sessions. More recently, Ms Alger developed and led a very successful pilot mentoring program for technical women; this program was used as a model for an organization-wide formal mentoring program.
In addition to her other activities, Ms. Alger has held a number of leadership positions within an international charity that focuses on world class medical research. Ms. Alger has been a National Board member and has led professional and volunteer teams in all aspects of donor development and fundraising, most recently as the Development Chair for the Northeastern portion of the United States.
Ms Alger’s credentials and training include: BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MS in Mathematics from Brandeis University, graduate courses from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, Co-Active Coach Training from the Coach Training Institute, and Stakeholder Centered Coach training based upon Marshall Goldsmith’s concepts.