She followed this passion to Western Michigan University, where she enrolled in their Acting Conservatory as well as pursuing a dual degree with a focus in Arts Management. Leia also took an active role in the recruitment efforts for both the theater conservatory and university in general, a process she found herself looking to do professionally. Upon graduation in 2012, Leia returned to Chicago.
For the past three years Leia has worked at Pearson Education Services in conjunction with Maryville University's online graduate program, serving on their Admissions Team for the Catherine Mcauley School of Nursing. Leia's team has set records for student recruitment and retention over the past three years, and she herself has received company-wide recognition as the top recruiter in Chicago for the past three recruitment cycles. Leia is excited to continue her passion for identifying individuals placing them in successful partnerships as she begins at Catapult.