LET 2019 Profile


Leonelle Thompson is the Director of Career and Professional Development at Langston University, Oklahoma’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  In this role, Leonelle helps connect students with employers for post-graduation career and professional development experiences.   

Leonelle graduated in 2004 with her BSBA in Accounting and in 2005 with an MBA from The University of Tulsa.  She spent almost 13 years in the oil and gas industry with ConocoPhillips and with QuikTrip in a variety of roles including taxation and financial accounting, revenue accounting, and corporate recruiting and training.  Prior to her current role, Leonelle served as the Director of the Business Career Center in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa.

During her professional career, Leonelle has worked to establish employee network and affinity groups, designed diversity and inclusion programming for employees and students, and presented various diversity, equity, and belonging topics such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, allyship, and real talk about racism to groups such as higher education administration, career counselors, accounting firms, no profit-organizations, students and teachers.

She is certified by the Exceptional Leaders Lab in Temperament Fluency training and is a member of MOSAIC, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diversity business council.  She chairs the diversity and inclusion committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers. Leonelle has a passion for people and helping them succeed.


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