Leslie Smith

Postsecondary Retention Specialist


Office: 816-932-1277  Mobile: 816-695-2647

Leslie Smith is a postsecondary retention specialist with Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI). In her current role, Leslie works with over 100 scholars at the collegiate level, guiding and nurturing their academic, social and emotional growth, contributing to her students’ goal of overall postsecondary success.

Prior to joining the KSI team as a postsecondary advisor in July 2016, Leslie served as a college adviser with the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) at Center Senior High School. As an MCAC adviser she conducted workshops on financial aid, scholarships and ACT prep, organized college fairs for students and maintained strong relationships with school administration, parents and students.

Leslie is very involved with Kansas City Scholars, a city-wide scholarship program, as a member of the selection criteria committee and the program implementation committee. Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences with a minor in biology from the University of Missouri.