Leslie Williams is a lifelong learner inspired to educate a new generation of artists. Her path as an educator began as a teen attending a boarding school focused on advanced studies in mathematics and the sciences. True to her character, drive and focus helped her excel while studying Cosmetology at Aveda Institute in Birmingham. Williams knew while still in school that education and color were her calling.
She has been an educator for Aveda Institute, at her alma mater, more than six years. Shortly after becoming a licensed educator and on her days off, she embarked on continuing education in color, cutting and styling. First, Aveda certified in color and cutting for the Institute, and then four years ago she became a certified style educator for Neill. She also gained certification as a color educator for Neill, utilizing her knowledge of chemistry to develop color formulas that met high-quality standards and push trends.
She has been a contributor and her work published in B-Metro Magazine, a monthly city and lifestyle magazine based in Birmingham, AL. She has worked alongside artists like Lupe Voss, Alberto Davis and Susan Ford. More importantly to her, she has instilled curiosity and an urgency in students to learn more about the industry. She continues to devote her life to educating stylists and bolstering their creative and business success.
Williams lives the Aveda mission by giving back to her community when she volunteers to provide haircuts for a local men’s shelter every ten weeks. Her love of the land, commitment to the industry and profound humanity and creativity live strongest and clearest in her commitment as a mother. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her son.