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Leslie Sykes

Director of Strategic Partnerships


As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Leslie Sykes develops innovative health sector partnerships that drive the growth and impact of Northeastern University Charlotte’s Center for Health Sciences. Sykes leads initiatives that connect the campus with the employment, research and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region, building strategic relationships with health, industry, governmental and public entities. She has worked with companies large and small to create meaningful partnership opportunities with a special focus on workforce development, research collaborations, health equity initiatives, and diversifying health sector professions.

Sykes’ background is in both nonprofit development and law. She has held positions at Atrium Health Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Georgia Public Interest Research Group, and at the law firm of Dean & Gibson, PLLC.

Leslie holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and is a licensed attorney and member of the North Carolina State Bar.

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