OBITUARY

Kathiann "Kathi" Lester

November 1, 1957January 10, 2019
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Kathiann Lester, 61, of Greensboro passed away January 10, 2019 after a 3 year battle with Pancreatic cancer. She met this diagnosis with a positive attitude. She fought a brave and fierce battle. She started her 25 year career in advertising and broadcasting in Atlanta, GA. In 2011 she joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. She served as the EVP of Member Engagement. She and her team helped promote two signature leadership programs, Leadership GSO and Other Voices. During her tenure she was able to develop many relationships and was held in high esteem. Kathi believed in giving back to her community. She served on numerous boards during her career. She was the former Board Chair for the American Red Cross, Marketing and Communications Chair for the United Way and a Past President of the Health and Sciences Alumni Advisory board. She graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2012 with a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. At the time of her death, she was defending her PhD dissertation in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert F. and Kathryn McDonald Lester and survived by her family, Becky (Chris) Bynum, Wight (Craig) Adams, Joe Lester, nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Kayla, and Jordan (Allison) Bynum, Rachel and Jason Adams. A memorial service will be held on February 2 at 11:00 am at Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 West Radiance Drive, Greensboro, NC with Rev. Dr. Andrea Smith and Rev. Julie Peeples officiating. The family is asking in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name. Several organizations Kathi felt passionate about are: Greensboro Chamber Foundation, Minority Business Accelerator Program P.O. Box 3246 GSO NC 27402, UNCG Advancement Services, Peace and Conflict Studies Scholarship Fund, P O Box 26170, GSO NC 27402. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service at Congregational United Church of Christ Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Receiving Family and Friends following the service Saturday, February 2, 2019
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Annis Lyles

March 26, 2019

In the mid 1980's, I had the wonderful fortune to to be hired by McCann-Erickson, an advertising agency in Atlanta and to meet Kathi Lester. Totally wet behind the ears with no experience in the media world, I was blessed to have Kathi Lester, a seasoned media professional, willingly provide her time, energy and talents to help me along the way. I will be forever indebted. Kathi fostered a spirit of caring and sincere interest in others. She helped nurture a belief in me, which was pivotal at this time in my life. A heartfelt thank you for the many acts of kindness Kathi showed me during the early phase of my career and adult life. I will be forever grateful.

neil katz

February 4, 2019

Kathianne was a warm, caring human being who was wonderful to have as a student and colleague. She excelled in several of my doctoral level courses at Nova Southeastern U. and served as a very valued staff member in our Conflict in Groups course. I served as chair of her dissertation on Interpersonal Conflict and Gender in the Workplace---a promising manuscript of great care which unfortunately will now remain unfinished. I will miss her---and the NSU community and world will miss her gentle spirit.

Katherine Sosa

January 26, 2019

I had the pleasure of working closely with Kathi in a conflict resolution course where we both served as trainers. Working often in a small intimate room with Kathi is a memory I will hold close. She had a way of making me feel comfortable, included, and valued in a setting where I am typically the youngest member of the group. When she listened, she listened wholly. She was full of wisdom and carried herself with a sense of comforting confidence that made me just want to give her a hug and follow wherever she was leading us to. She will be missed but her presence and desire to help women, in ways big and small, will live on.

Kathleen Donohue

January 23, 2019

Goodbye my friend, may your spirit continue to rise in your next journey. Kathi and I met in early 2000 while she was the GM at the WB and I was an AE at Time Warner. I’ll never forget when my manager asked me to work on this account with a warning: she was a “tough cookie” and we would be a great match.

On our 1st meeting I knew we would be forever friends. She was “black and white” and expected my A game on every call. We grew as friends and grew each other’s business’ which made us both happy! Through the years I discovered the exterior; as she referred to as her “uniform” was just a sliver of her. Some of our funny conversation included the proper way of being “southern” that was lots of laughs for me being her Yankee friend - never compliant, discussion’s on slack sales people, new reads we loved our self-improvement books – 1st book club being “The Secret”.

Our friendship grew through book clubs, outings and auditing some classes at UNCG. While I was sampling the Conflict Resolution program; Kathi found a passion. It was amazing to see her as a student and how that brought her so much energy.

Our last experience of working together at the Chamber of Commerce; would be our greatest challenge and room for growth. It was my pleasure to see 1st hand how the teams respected her and how she was also a little misunderstood by some. I learned so much from our friendship and her smile will be missed.

As she nested near the end we continued to text and I send her big pink healing bubbles. You had to read the book…

Marion Hofmann

January 22, 2019

That smile, that expressed so much love and care for everyone around her.. That is what I will remember the most - and this is so wonderfully captured in this picture. Kathi was a classy lady with a great sense of humor and she loved what she was doing. People energized her and for me, it was a pleasure to be in her presence. Kathi always remembered people, a quick wave, a Hello or only eye contact.. you knew that she saw you and recognized you.. A brave lady, who never let on to the outside what she was going through...

I will miss this smile and this wonderful, fun filled person - but to know that the suffering and the pain is gone is giving me comfort - She will always be part of me - through these interactions I had with her...
My deepest condolences to the family and her friends - sending love and comfort

sincerely
Marion Hofmann
Leadership Greensboro Alumn

Kim Strong

January 21, 2019

Kathi I will forever miss you! I will miss your smiles your talks and all your support you gave me over the years!! In my eyes you will always be a phenomenal woman. You filled a void in me that no other could and I thank God everyday to have known a special person like you. I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER XOXOXOX! Now rest easy my beautiful angel that you was here on earth and now in Heaven..

Doug Canavello

January 18, 2019

I met Kathi at a Rotary meeting and instantly liked and trusted her. We worked together to build teamwork and morale at my company. No matter what she always had that infectious smile.

Barry Murray

January 17, 2019

It was a joy working with and knowing Kathi, she will be deeply missed in the hearts of all those she touched.

Arlene Davis

January 11, 2019

Kathiann was a dynamic leader, a kindhearted friend, & genuine professional.
One of those rare personalities that only yielded good memories & positive perspective.
A blessing to everyone.

Joel Kaczmarek

January 11, 2019

Kathi and I worked together while she was with a TV rep firm in Atlanta and I was the national sales manager at WNRW-TV. We became friends through our working relationship and ultimately, worked together with each other when she came to work as an account executive at the station. All of this happened in the late 80's early 90's. We joked that I was the one responsible for bringing her to the Triad!

As relationships within broadcasting do on a frequent basis, my career took me in one direction and her in another, but when she returned to the market as the GM of WCWG we reconnected. Shortly thereafter other angels in the market scooped her up and she became an integral part of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce as well as the business community in general.

Kathi was tenacious, singularly-focused, high in ambition & drive. Never self-focused but more so on others. A servant leader if you will. She was driven to grow, a self-learner. Always testing her boundaries and comfort zone. She was Black & White and she called it that way too!

It was indeed my privilege to know and work with her. Her light was snuffed out far too early as I know she had more plans. But then so does God and he has seen fit to call her Spirit home to be with him.

I appreciated having her in my life and as a friend. I mourn her passing, but I celebrate her graduation! Peace be with you, my friend! God's peace be with you!

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Biography

Kathiann Lester, 61, of Greensboro passed away January 10, 2019 after a 3 year battle with Pancreatic cancer. She met this diagnosis with a positive attitude. She fought a brave and fierce battle. She started her 25 year career in advertising and broadcasting in Atlanta, GA. In 2011 she joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. She served as the EVP of Member Engagement. She and her team helped promote two signature leadership programs, Leadership GSO and Other Voices. During her tenure she was able to develop many relationships and was held in high esteem. Kathi believed in giving back to her community. She served on numerous boards during her career. She was the former Board Chair for the American Red Cross, Marketing and Communications Chair for the United Way and a Past President of the Health and Sciences Alumni Advisory board. She graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2012 with a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. At the time of her death, she was defending her PhD dissertation in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert F. and Kathryn McDonald Lester and survived by her family, Becky (Chris) Bynum, Wight (Craig) Adams, Joe Lester, nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Kayla, and Jordan (Allison) Bynum, Rachel and Jason Adams. A memorial service will be held on February 2 at 11:00 am at Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 West Radiance Drive, Greensboro, NC with Rev. Dr. Andrea Smith and Rev. Julie Peeples officiating.
The family is asking in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name. Several organizations Kathi felt passionate about are:
Greensboro Chamber Foundation, Minority Business Accelerator Program P.O. Box 3246 GSO NC 27402,
UNCG Advancement Services, Peace and Conflict Studies Scholarship Fund, P O Box 26170, GSO NC 27402.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.