Grimes, Leigh

Leigh Grimes

Head of People & Culture


  • Florida State University – BA Psychology
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro – MS Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Villanova University Graduate Certificate – Human Resources Management

Community Involvement

  • Society for Human Resources Management – Member
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – Canned Food Drive Coordinator


Leigh joined Smith Leonard in 2022 after spending six years in Human Resources Management at a local technology company.  Prior to working in Human Resources, she spent over 13 years in the Retirement Living Industry where she was a Wellness Director and Administrator.  Leigh also has over 20 years of experience in leading and coaching group fitness.   

Leigh is originally from Bradenton, Florida, but has called North Carolina home since moving here in 1997.  She has one son who will be graduating from high school in 2022.  When away from the office, she enjoys CrossFit, golf, reading, live music, and traveling.


  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification with HRCI
  • Expertise in Employee Engagement, Total Rewards, Wellness, HR Technology, and Recruiting
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