Alumna of the Month

Leasha West

Leasha West


April 2017

CEO and Founder
West Insurance & Financial Group, Inc.

Leasha West is a highly decorated Marine Corps veteran and a trailblazer in the financial services profession. The explosive success of her firm, West Insurance & Financial Group, Inc., is just one of the reasons she is recognized nationwide as a leading expert in insurance and retirement planning. 

Continually ranked a top producer in her profession, Leasha is a multi-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table. She was named to the Circle of Excellence by the Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS), and was chosen as one of North America’s “Elite Women in Insurance” by Insurance Business America Magazine. Leasha was also the only woman among the executive winners of the highly coveted Industry Elite Award given by National Underwriter Life & Health Magazine.

Leasha has been an industry thought leader for nearly two decades and appears regularly on news and commentary programs in media outlets. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Business Innovators Magazine and Small Business Trendsetters, and is frequently quoted in major publications that include USA Today, New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal, which named her a “game changer.”

Listed among America’s PremierExperts®, Leasha won the Editor’s Choice Award for her three best-selling books, “Beat the Curve” and “Masters of Success” that were both co-authored with world-renowned business leader Brian Tracy and “Performance 360,” co-authored with Sir Richard Branson. She was the recipient of two Golden Quilly® Awards in Hollywood for her writing skills, and inducted into the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors®. 

As an international speaker, Leasha was recently featured at the Business Experts Forum held at Harvard and the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Initiative at United Nations Headquarters. Her selection as the Outstanding Speaker of the West Point Leadership Academy Faculty at the United States Military Academy added to her renown. She has shared the stage at distinguished conferences across the country with legends of business, entertainment, politics and sports. For her contribution to the advancement of entrepreneurship, Leasha received two Expy® Awards from the National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers™. 

Leasha is also a leader in her community and generously donates her time to charitable endeavors. She helped organize and run the Veteran Aid Task Force™, a community outreach of volunteers who assist veterans and their families in a variety of services that include senior companionship, coordinating military homecomings, and helping families with military funeral details, to name a few. Leasha serves on the board of directors for numerous non-profit organizations and actively mentors college students as they prepare for their chosen fields. In recognition of her outstanding volunteerism, President Barack Obama presented her with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Leasha holds a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) from The American College of Financial Services. She also earned the prestigious designations of Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), Certified Long Term Care (CLTC), National Social Security Advisor® (NSSA®), and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®).