Leslie J. English

President & CEO L.J. English & Associates, Inc. presenting: Dale Carnegie® of CNY



Leslie English began her career with Dale Carnegie® Training in 2000, as a worldwide award-winning Training Consultant from a long-standing career in Physical Therapy.  Transitioning into leadership within the Syracuse Dale Carnegie franchise in 2008, Leslie began her role as Managing Partner thus leading to President and purchase of extensive Franchise in 2013. Leslie is the sole owner and operator of L.J. English & Associates, Inc., dba Dale Carnegie® of CNY.  


Dale Carnegie® Training has franchises worldwide and is recognized as the world leader in developing leaders and successful business strategies for organizations of every size.  Dale Carnegie® of CNY is very successful in delivering Dale Carnegie® Training and Corporate Solutions to over 2500 businesses and individuals throughout 22 counties in CNY.   Local clients include:  SRC Inc, O’Brien and Gere Engineering, Indium, Mohawk Global Logistics, United Radio, Wegmans, Whitman School of Management, etc. 

Priding themselves on delivering value and results in more than 20 public classes and multiple corporate projects per year, as President, Leslie leads and managers her team in areas of Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales, Instructor Development and Curriculum Delivery/Customization and Strategy.  Since 2008, the CNY Franchise has enjoyed consistent, double-digit yearly growth and has been awarded Dale Carnegie® Training’s Growth Club Award of more than 20% + for the past three years. 

Along with her leadership role within her own business, Leslie has personally trained and coached Company Presidents, EVPs and VPs in effective business and communication strategies, sales, media and in-person presentations as well as engagement, emotional intelligence, change/crisis management and leadership.   Specifically, Leslie’s strengths and talents provide results in: 


 Leadership Development & Accountability

 Executive/ Performance Coaching

 Organizational Strategy and Implementation

 Organization Development

 High Potential Training Programs

 Succession Planning

 Curriculum Design & Delivery

 Strategic Planning and Presentation

 Change Management


She has served on various Boards within CNY, as well as being invited as a keynote presenter, for organizations such as; NY State Fair Women’s Day Keynote Presenter, CenterState CEO, Leadership Greater Syracuse, Junior Achievement, SRC, Inc, Lockheed Martin, Pyramid Brokerage, Syracuse University Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans, College of Law at Syracuse University, Make A Wish, and  The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. 

She has been honored to receive The Women Who Mean Business Award, The Successful Business Women Award, Dale Carnegie® Global Franchise Growth Awards, Mohawk Valley Business of the Year Award.   

Dale Carnegie® of CNY philanthropic mission is: Local Children In Need and is a proud sponsor of Vera House, Elmcrest Children’s Center, and Erin’s Angels.   

Email Leslie: Leslie.English@dalecarnegie.com

Diana Wolgemuth, Director of Professional Development


Diana serves as the Director of Professional Development for Dale Carnegie Training of CNY.  She joined the company in February 2009.  Diana has received several awards with Dale Carnegie and was a Silver Award Recipient for four consecutive years (2009 – 2013) and again in 2015 and 2016. This award is given for Top Sales Growth and consistent independent production of over $300,000.00.  Diana was recognized at the 2016 CNY Sales and Marketing Executives Crystal Ball Awards Ceremony and received a Sales & Marketing Excellence Award for her contributions to the growth of the Dale Carnegie of CNY franchise.  

Prior to joining Dale Carnegie, Diana was employed as the Learning and Development Manager at Hand Held Products (now known as Honeywell) for seven years.  Prior to that, she worked at Welch Allyn for 13 years in sales, international sales, customer service and medical contracts. 


Diana has delivered programs for numerous local organizations throughout Central New York.  She is Past President of the Board of Directors for the CNY Chapter of American Society of Training and Development.  She currently serves as the Executive Chair for the Board of Directors at CNY Works and is a member of CNY SHRM, as well as CNY Sales & Marketing Executives. 


Diana makes her home in Baldwinsville, NY with her husband Mark.  Her 26-year old twins, Amanda & Zachary recently graduated and are now pursuing their professional careers.   

Email Diana: Diana.Wolgemuth@dalecarnegie.com

Sheila Dion, Sales and Marketing Coordinator


Sheila started working for Dale Carnegie® of CNY in 2017. She assists Diana with class launches and graduations and maintains the website and social media platforms.  Prior marketing experience included working at UNO running their fundraising program at Destiny USA. Her involvement with non-profits created a passion for helping those in need and inspired her to start a charity in her home town called Erin's Angels. She is an avid volunteer in her community, serving on various boards. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and three sons. 

Email Sheila: Sheila.Dion@dalecarnegie.com

A great Keynote speech can really bring a conference, convention or seminar to life. Contact me today to book Leslie or Diana for your next event.  Were you asked to be a key note speaker and would like some coaching to make sure it's a success? We will make sure you inspire and connect with your audience. Call me today at (315) 399-6602 to book your one on one coaching session.

key note topics

Emotional Intelligence


Building Rapport & Connecting With Others


Building Future Leaders


Communicating Messages With A Positive Impact

communicating positively

Employee Engagement


Managers Are Not Born- They Are Developed



Facilitating Effective Meetings


Fundamentals Of Presentation Skills


Why Invest In An Executive Coach?


Business Strategy That Impacts Customer Satisfaction


The Importance of Successfully Communicating the Company Vision and Strategic Plan


How Executives Manage And Balance Stressful Positions


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