Leigh-Ellen Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Education, one of the largest early childhood educators in the country, operating more than 295 schools in 30 states. With the proprietary Ascend Curriculum, Kind Child Culture, Kindergarten Club and more than 30 years in business, Cadence Education is proud of a deep expertise in, and commitment to, preparing students to thrive in their current and future lives. Cadence currently operates childhood learning academies, preparatory preschools, and specialty early childhood schools such Montessori and Spanish Language Immersion programs.

Leigh-Ellen is a seasoned business leader with more than 25 years of experience in multi-site consumer service businesses, and a career encompassing general management and strategy roles in various industries. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong ability to enhance customer experiences, build and lead high-performing teams, and drive business growth. With a mother who was a children’s librarian and a father who was a lifelong CPA, Leigh-Ellen has an equal passion for the mission of developing children and the excitement of the business growth that comes from serving more and more families. Leigh-Ellen has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is deeply passionate about providing children with the best possible start in life through exceptional early childhood education.