Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of the global health nonprofit Jhpiego, has been named one of Ernst & Young’s 2011 Maryland Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Mancuso, who also holds a joint appointment with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, spent 13 years with Project HOPE, where she served as COO and then as acting CEO.
She serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries International, U.S. ASEAN Business Council, the World Trade Center Institute and the Health Business Alliance.
Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, has employees in 50 countries creating low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen health care services for women and their families.
Other Entrepreneur of the Year award winners were Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, Andy Franklin, Bill Karpovich, Sean Lane, John K. Hoey, Sean Fenlon and Alan Snyder.
Education: Undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University; master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; doctoral degree in education/organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Resides in: Baltimore
Daily commute: If I’m heading to our country offices in Africa, about 24 hours. If I’m going to our Baltimore headquarters, 5 minutes — Inner Harbor East is where I call home.
Most recent vacation: North Truro on Cape Cod … a favorite vacation spot for my New England family.
Interests/Hobbies: Attending the theater at Center Stage (when I’m in the country) and staying fit— that’s how I maintain my endurance in travels to remote parts of the world.
Favorite books: Too many to name.
Most recently read: “The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories,” which is set in Africa, by Susi Wyss.
Favorite food: Anything Italian
Favorite quotation: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi