Lesli is a Lecturer in Business Communication at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Previously, she worked at National Bank of Arizona for more than 19 years, where she developed and managed a portfolio of business and commercial real estate client relationships.
A 31+-year seasoned veteran of the financial services industry, her finance background included development and construction financing, lending to small and medium-sized businesses, loan risk review, credit policy development, and bank regulation. Lesli led the bank’s Tucson Women’s Financial Group, dedicated to building business connections for professional women through financial health programs, was the co-creator of the bank’s formal mentoring program, and was a certified facilitator for the bank’s Leadership Challenge initiative.
She is a frequent speaker for various groups and events, has received several awards for her community activities, served as a mentor for the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Council, and participated in the 2014-2015 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program for emerging global leaders. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for AZ Earn to Learn.