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Employee Relations Assistant

Mamaroneck, New York, United States
June 22, 2018

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Janet Farrell Leontiou, Ph.D.

** ****** *****

Rye, NY 10580


Dear Sir or Madam,

Please accept my application for the position of Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President. I possess a few key strengths that I bring to the position: a Ph.D. in Communication, corporate experience in human resources, extensive college teaching experience as well as college committee experience with diversity and affirmative action.

My Ph.D. in Communications, specifically within Rhetoric, has always served me well regardless of the position. The discipline provides me with a keen understanding of the power of the spoken word. I have done some work within the area of organizational culture and it seems that the primary way to create and maintain a culture of inclusion is through language. Prior to my current position as college professor, I worked as AVP within the investment banking division of Chase (formerly Chemical Bank). My experience covers a generalist perspective on all aspects of human resources (hiring, firing, employee relations, recruiting, and employee relations) except compensation. Within this position, I gained a deep appreciation for what it means to serve as mediator between the organization and the employee. Upon leaving the Bank, I moved into my full-time teaching position. I am an experienced teacher of interpersonal communication, public speaking, film appreciation, and business communications. I have experience talking to many different audiences--students as well as faculty. I know how to tailor my communication to suit the audience, context, and occasion. Within my academic position, I serve on the Liaison Committee for Persons with Disability and the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity. Inclusion is a central value of mine--both professionally and personally. I am raising a teenage boy who has multiple disabilities. I write and speak often on issues connected to disability. In one of my classes that I teach, I teach the course from a book about the Holocaust. I think it is very important to remember that the Holocaust was the consequence of rhetorical choices. My concluding statement about rhetorical choices is both the tread that weaves through my entire background and that which makes me most suited to the position. I believe that this is what I most bring to the position. I am very interested in meeting with you to explore the possibility of my candidacy for this position.



Janet Farrell Leontiou, Ph.D.

Janet Farrell Leontiou, Ph.D.

11 Norman Drive 917-***-****

Rye, New York 10580

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. 1994 Speech Communication, Penn State University M.A. 1985 Speech Communication, Penn State University B.A. 1979 Communication, Hunter College

Academic Positions

2011-Present Associate Professor, Nassau Community College 2000-2011 Assistant Professor, Nassau Community College 1995-2000 Instructor, Nassau Community College

1995 Adjunct Instructor, Stern School of Business, NYU 1994 Adjunct Instructor, Queens College


Gaslighting within Medicine: How Medical Culture Unintentionally Undermines the Patient


Communicating with Integrity (Pearson: Boston, MA), 2012 What Do the Doctors Say?: How Doctors Create a World through Their Words (iUniverse: Bloomington, IN), 2010

Academic Leaves

Sabbatical Leaves-Spring 2017, 2008-9, and 2001-2. Corporate Positions

1995 Communication Consultant (Equifax, Polo-Ralph Lauren, DKNY, US Bankruptcy Court). Corporate culture consultant and communication training. 1986-1990 Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Chemical Bank (now, JPMorgan Chase). 1989-1990, Training Manager, Investment Banking Division 1988-1989, Recruiting and Training, Real Estate Division 1987-1988, Employee Relations, Real Estate Division 1986-1987, Contract Agency Administrator, Recruitment Division 1985-1986 Sales Assistant, Data Systems, Inc.

1983-1985 Independent Researcher, Katz Communications, Inc. 1980-1983 Sales Assistant, Katz Communications, Inc. 1979-1980 Fund Raiser, JC Geever, Inc.

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