Featured Speakers

SUNYCAP Thursday Featured Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Lesli Myers-Small

Dr. Myers received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in counseling and human development, both from the University of Rochester. She continued her educational journey by earning a master’s degree in Urban Educational Administration and her Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from Saint John Fisher College. 


Throughout her career, Dr. Myers has made a tremendous impact on the field of education. She was the first African American president of the New York State School Counselor Association. She also testified before the United States Congress. It was her testimony, in part, that resulted in a spending bill for Fiscal Year 2008 that included the largest increase (77.5%) ever to the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. 

Dr. Myers has received many prestigious honors that reflect her dedication to education and the community, including being named a 2016 United States Senate Woman of Distinction. She also received the Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award, St. John Fisher Distinguished Alumni Award, Urban League of Rochester Educator Award, Breakthru Magazine Empowering Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Athena Award. 

Dr. Myers has designed and conducted workshops and presentations to elementary and secondary students, undergraduate and graduate students, varied educators and many others at the local, regional and national levels. She is honored to have been chosen to present at the 2017 TedxROCHESTER event. Her style is humorous, straightforward and sincere, and she encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to creatively use their abilities and talents to serve others.