Leo Shelton is an author, poet, writer, educator, scholar, and a self-proclaimed perpetual student of life. He credits his mom (Carolyn – "Tug") as the most influential connection and influence on his creative foundation. An urban renaissance, influenced by the classic works of artists and legends as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes and Marlon Riggs. He also credits influences such as Robert Hayden, Richard Wright, Walt Whitman, and Paul Laurence Dunbar as well as many of the artists today in music, spoken word, and creative expressions like Terrance Hayes, Tim’m West, Common and Floetry for helping him to find his voice and place in writing. Leo is an adjunct faculty member at University of Phoenix, Keller Graduate School, Strayer University, Southeastern University, and Capitol College, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in business, finance, organizational behavior, management, and economics, and a freelance consultant and course developer. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude), an MBA in International Management, an MPA in Government Programs Management (Cum Laude) and an MBA in Financial Management, and he recently completed a Master's of Arts in Organizational Management. He's completed two years of law school and is currently working on a PhD program. He resides right outside of the Washington, DC area.