Leslie is passionate about unlocking and unleashing the full potential of individuals, teams, and novel technologies in the name of meaningful growth. She is a catalyst for progress, helping intrapreneurial teams realize their first revenue by deeply understanding who they are serving. She drives alignment between disciplines towards a common vision, expertly tests and de-risks the most commercially viable solutions, and employs a background in cultural anthropology, economics, and award-winning creative direction to broaden customer bases by integrating exceptional user experience, visual storytelling, and content and performance marketing.
Prior to joining Mach49, Leslie spent 15 years co-founding and scaling high-growth companies. At the heart of propelling these upstarts forward was her unmatched ability to develop strategic partnerships and keep teams engaged and motivated. She co-led and contributed to dozens of new ventures, digital products, and novel marketing solutions, for the likes of Nike, OXO, Intel, Procter & Gamble, TD Ameritrade, C-SPAN, and NASA. In recognition of her efforts, Fast Company named Leslie one of 2011’s Most Influential Women in Technology and one of 2013’s Most Creative People in Business. She actively invests in and mentors founders through the ExCo Group, the WFund, and Turtle Ventures, and is also a Board Member at Hyper Island, a Partner at Bradshaw Vineyards, and a former Fellow at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Leslie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a degree in gender studies and economics. She has contributed to several books on entrepreneurship and data literacy, including “The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World” by Scott Hartley.