Transitions Conference

Jim Leonard

Jim Leonard is a 19 year veteran of PepsiCo, working in various Sales, Marketing, Category Management, and Operations functions. He is currently working for the Frito-Lay division as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Jim grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, earned a Political Science degree from the University of Chicago, and has previously worked for McDonald's, and Sara Lee.

Jim has been married to Traci for 15 years and they have 13 year old twin sons Tristan and Nash, who keep them busy.

On June 10, 2006 the life of Jim and his family took a dramatic change. While on a family vacation they were involved in a car accident. Thankfully everyone was uninjured except for Jim. His neck was broken and spinal cord injured, and he found himself a quadriplegic.

In unison with PepsiCo Frito-Lay he has been able to continue his productive career.
With the help of friends and family Jim has resumed all family activities, including coaching his sons soccer team.

Jim hasn't let his challenges define him; instead he leads the life he chooses.