Leslie is an author, speaker, and leading authority on scaling social innovation and high-impact philanthropy. Prior to co-authoring FSG's book Do More Than Give, Leslie co-authored Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (Wiley 2008), recognized by The Economist on its Best Books of Year list.
As a senior advisor with FSG, Leslie collaborates with the firm on developing new knowledge designed to advance social sector thinking and practice, bringing twenty years of social sector leadership and publishing experience to the firm. For the past decade, Leslie has guided a range of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations across North America as an independent advisor, and she is frequently invited to deliver presentations to and workshops for gatherings of leaders.
Leslie is affiliated as a Changeleader with Ashoka; she is a recent managing director of Ashoka and a former director of Ashoka’s USA and Canada fellowship program. In the 1990s, Leslie cofounded and ran a nonprofit national magazine for social entrepreneurs. She serves on the boards of the SEED Foundation, Kiva, and Little Kids Rock, and she was a Crossroads Africa volunteer. Leslie is a frequent media contributor whose work has been featured in The Washington Post, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and she has appeared on programs such as ABC News Now, NPR, and PBS.
Leslie holds an MBA and a BA from Harvard University.