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Kayleigh’s passion is driving operational excellence by creating and continuously improving comprehensive strategies and solutions that enable businesses to run effectively and ultimately scale, while managing continuous improvement projects throughout all phases of the project lifecycle. Kayleigh manages the many various facets of DSI operations by building scalable lean processes, motivating others to employ operational excellence, and ensuring operations meet DSI’s strategic objectives.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Kayleigh ran operations for the Ohio Cyber Range Institute at the University of Cincinnati, a statewide ecosystem comprised of 24+ institutions dedicated to advancing cybersecurity education, workforce development, and economic development throughout the state. Kayleigh also spent 9 years in various Operations and Project Management roles in the financial services sector before transitioning to higher education, including Operations Manager at ArkMalibu Investment Bank, and Financial Center Manager, Regional Elite Sales Team Manager, and Regional Development Project Manager at Fifth Third Bank. She also co-founded a co-working space in the greater Chicago area, focused on creating a community that empowered entrepreneurs and equipped them with all the necessary resources to build and grow their businesses.

In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys playing beach volleyball and softball, going to concerts, and spending time on Lake Michigan with family and friends. She received her MBA and BA in English from Indiana University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.