Communication & Leadership Expert

View Dr. Carver's TEDx Talk: 

Ignite Your Power

I'm Leilani, an expert in leadership and communication.

Leilani Carver, Ph.D. is a Communication Strategist, Leadership Expert and Professor who seeks to empower others through pragmatic communication strategies and effective leadership tactics. Her areas of expertise include nonverbal communication, persuasion, generational diversity and leadership/empowerment.


Dr. Carver is a frequent expert and author for publications such as Forbes.com, TheHill.com, and Parentology.com. Her TEDx Talk on Power Scripts and Power Tactics is based upon her research and her own years of professional experience. She frequently is a requested conference speaker and has delivered keynotes. Dr. Carver is now interviewing diverse executives and is writing a book on leadership and empowerment.

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 "Dr. Carver is both my professor and adviser. I was apprehensive about changing my major to study communication, but Dr. Carver was extremely welcoming and made the change much easier for me. She has a vast knowledge of the field of communication. She effectively uses her personal experiences in her education practices. I feel that her course Professional and Organizational Communication has prepared me to enter the workforce."

-Lauralee Nelson

Maryville University Human Resources

"I reached out to Dr. Carver for a guest speaker at our Lowe’s Women in Leadership workshop and she exceeded our expectations. She shared some great tips on communication that the entire group could benefit from whether they were front line supervisors or district managers. It literally made me want to sign up for her classes at Maryville University! Informative yet in an entertaining relatable style."

-Pamela Heaps

Lowes Home Improvement​

​"Dr. Carver is an excellent professor. She is enthusiastic while teaching and conveys her message through discussion, illustration, and storytelling. It is evident that she cares for each of her students and she is willing to go above and beyond to assist them and help them better understand the material that is being taught in class. Her knowledge of the field of communication is astounding and I learn something new from her every day. She is an inspiration to me and I can only hope to be as successful as her in the future!"

-Victoria Hunt 

Kraft Heinz Company