Leslie is an experienced print, radio and television journalist who now focuses on strategic communications and collaborative educational, social and cultural change initiatives.
Leslie, who holds a Masters in Philanthropy and Social Investment, is a Trustee of the Ruffin Falkiner Foundation; on the Advisory Board of the Master of Social Impact at Swinburne University; a member of Philanthropy Australia’s Storytelling Steering Group and a Board member of Creative Clunes, which hosts the annual regional Booktown Festival.
In 1977 Leslie joined The Age as a cadet journalist before becoming a radio and television reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. From 1990, she freelanced as a reporter and producer for many Australian and international media organisations before writing Women Talking Money (Wiley 2003), contributing to true crime book compilations, consulting on media and philanthropy, working on the establishment of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, and creating digital content for a diverse range of clients.
She currently heads Strategy and Communications for the Australian Council of Deans of Education, which represents all the universities that educate our future teachers, and the Australian Business Deans Council, which represents all Australian university business schools.