Leslie Josel was an organizer long before there was such a profession. She was four years old when her mother became ill, requiring her to take control early on. “I was raised in a disorganized household and was left to fend for myself most of the time. The structure and order of systems and lists gave me a peace of mind in an otherwise uncertain world.”
By the time she attended Cornell University, Leslie had sensed her calling. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, then became a human resource professional. “Working with employees to create customized systems that would work for them was my “ah-ha” moment.
“My need to stay on top of it – to learn everything I can to organize the chronically disorganized – is very personal.”
Leslie Josel launched Order Out of Chaos® in 2004 after her son was diagnosed with ADHD, Executive Dysfunction and other learning differences. Originally focusing her practice on working with the chronically disorganized (ADHD, students with learning challenges, hoarding behaviors); she expanded her business in 2010 to include coaching services and educational products for both students and parents. In 2016, Leslie expanded the company’s product division and officially launched Products Designed With Students in Mind.
Leslie is the creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management. The planner, awarded glowing reviews by many media outlets including Family Circle and ADDitude magazines, is a 2018 Family Choice Award recipient honoring the best products for children and families.
A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie writes a weekly column called “Dear Organizing Coach by Leslie Josel” for ADDitude Magazine, the premiere resource for adults and children with ADHD and LD. Leslie is also a contributing writer for Family Circle Magazine and writes about a wide variety of topics facing parents and their students today. She also speaks and conducts workshops internationally.
Leslie is the co-author of the award winning, “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life.” Her second book, the award winning “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed,” was published by People Tested Media in 2015.
Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD. She also received her CD and Hoarding Specialist certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).
Most recently, Leslie was awarded NAPO’s 2018 Founders’ Award. The award is given in the spirit of the original five founders of NAPO and is presented to a member whose outstanding contributions have helped advance the organizing and productivity profession. It is the only award that is nominated by and then voted on by its over 3500 members.
In addition to her focus on organizational issues, Leslie also coaches other women entrepreneurs. She presents often at conferences on women’s entrepreneurship and is a member of Cornell University’s prestigious President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Leslie lives in Larchmont, NY with her husband, Wayne. Her son, Eli is a junior at Ithaca College and her daughter, Madelyn, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, lives and works in Washington DC. In her all-too-rare spare time, you can find Leslie hiding out in her car indulging in her favorite treats – entertainment magazines and frozen yogurt.