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Our Mission

Order Out of Chaos’ mission is to provide hands-on education, guidance and coaching to parents and their students through our customized products and programs, so all children – both mainstream and with learning issues – can develop the necessary skills they need to experience success in learning and in life.

Knowing how to help your child develop the skills they need doesn’t come naturally for everyone. Order Out of Chaos is built on the philosophy that the coaching process is a journey that begins and ends with YOU.  Our process is organic – it evolves as we figure out TOGETHER what needs changing and what works best for you.  The end results are tailor-made to fit your needs. We will focus you and help you, but YOU set the pace and the tone.

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What Makes Our Approach Unique?


We listen. And ask a lot of questions.


We believe you truly need to know about the whole person, their habits, routines, family life, work issues, etc., to be able to zero in on their needs.


Working with students can be challenging, so we tap into their unique strengths and gifts to bring out the best in them.


We understand that getting started is the hardest part of getting help.


Working with a coach is as personal as it gets. We are in your head and learn the most intimate details of your life, so the level of trust has to be there from the beginning.


We will never push or make you go any further or faster than you are ready to go. We will treat you and your family with respect, listen to your concerns, and keep your information strictly confidential.

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“It All Started With My Son”


Leslie Josel was organizing 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.”

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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 individuals to create customized systems that would work for them was my ‘ah-ha’ moment.”

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 2019 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 ADHD Family Coach 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 on a wide variety of topics facing parents and their students today. She also speaks and conducts workshops internationally.


“My need to learn everything I can to help students learn the skills they need to be successful in learning and in life – is very personal.”

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 a member of 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. She has also been named by GLOBAL GURUS as one of the top time management experts in the world three years in a row.

In addition to her focus on student issues, Leslie 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 senior at Ithaca College and her daughter, Madelyn, 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.


Our Team


Keri Thomson

Vice president


Denise Cotellesse

Online Media Manager


Laura Carter

Community Relations Manager


Sarah Weingarten

School Survival Boot Camp manager


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