Leslie is the Chief Operating Officer at Guide, a software company focused on turning online news, social streams and blogs into video. In her role, she is focused on publisher relations, fundraising, marketing, product strategy, talent development and back of house management.
Prior to launching this new venture, Leslie co-founded and served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of JESS3, a creative interactive agency specializing in data visualization and visual storytelling.
During her tenure at JESS3, Leslie helped the company generate revenues north of $13M while building a transnational operations system to coordinate across multiple offices, 30 full time employees and hundreds of contractors worldwide. Growing at a staggering 868 percent in the last three years, Leslie lead the company to No. 430 on the 2012 Inc. 500 and to AdAge “gold” as the Small Agency of the Year for the Southeast Region that same year.
In 2011, Leslie was named one of the top five female executives in the technology industry by Fast Company for being the “operational energy” behind the company’s explosive growth and in 2012, Inc. Magazine named her one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30”. Beyond that, Mashable listed Leslie one of the 44 Female Entrepreneurs to Know and The Wall Street Journal FINS has recognized Leslie not only as a Top Woman in Tech Under 30, but also the “brains” driving the company forward. At the end of 2012, Leslie was named one of Jane Dough’s 50 Women of the Year.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Leslie also is a regular contributor at Forbes on the topic of female entrepreneurship and serves as a Fellow for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Forum for Innovation, where she researches and writes on the topics of millennials, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Originally a native of Northern California and Oregon, Leslie is a sixth generation Oregon Trail pioneer who farms wine grapes with her family (Bradshaw Vineyards) in her downtime.