PhD, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (expected May 2026) MA, Communication Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2011) BA, Communication Studies, Emphasis in Public Relations and Organizational Communication with Minor in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1999) AAS, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc (1997)
Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Fall 2022-Present) COMMUN 105 – Business and Professional Communication
Adjunct Instructor – Gateway Technical College (Spring 2022) Public Speaking, Speaking Principles
Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Fall 1999-Spring 2001) COMMUN 101 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
My research focuses on critical theory and the narrative paradigm with an emphasis on how stories shape identity, impact cultural norms, and inform organizational decisions and platforms. Areas of interest include feminist studies, religious rhetoric, political discourse, gender-based risk-taking, and resilience.
Candy Leigh Coaching & Retreats (2020-present) Owner of private practice providing 1×1 coaching, Reiki services, and destination retreats to clients with a focus on finding joy in the journey. Two published works with The Unapologetic Voice House and two pending published works with Author Academy Elite.
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (2000-2020) Private sector experience creating Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion programs, consulting with executives, and implementing national strategies for process improvements and organizational change.
Certification in Mediation and Negotiation (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Certified Coach (Breakthrough Coaching) Certification in Adult Learning Techniques (Techniques for Training Excellence) Advanced Certification in Change Management (Prosci) Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours (Yoga Alliance) Reiki Master and Teacher (International Center for Reiki Training)
I am a mom to 3 humans and 2 miniature long-haired dachshunds. I have a passion for world adventures, and I love riding around on my Vespa.