Leslie Charles has pleased audiences with her wit and wisdom for over three decades.

Credentials and Experience

  • 30 years of training, facilitating, keynoting, consulting
  • Member, National Speakers Association since 1982
  • Earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from NSA
  • Twice elected, NSA Board of Directors, serving six years
  • Founding member, twice past president, NSA Michigan
  • Amassed two years of national media attention and appearances (TV, print, radio)
  • Leslie continues to build a diverse client list that spans North America

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Alumni, Michigan State University Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Distinguished Alumni, Lansing Community College
  • Charles Leadership Award, NSA Michigan
  • Diamond Award, Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • Nonfiction Success Story of the Year, Maui Writers Conference
  • Legend of the Speaking Profession, Veteran Speakers Retreat
  • Communication Achievement Award, Toastmasters International
  • Communicator of the Year, Toastmasters International
  • Career Woman of the Year, National Association of Career Women


  • National Speakers Association (NSA)
  • NSA Michigan
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • National Association of Career Women
  • Mid-Michigan chapter of ATD
  • Greater Lansing Visitors and Convention Bureau

NSA Member

What her clients have to say

Charlotte Michigan’s LEAD program gives up-and-coming community and business leaders skills to grow into leadership roles of the future. Our program facilitators are some of the best in the region — and you can’t have ‘the best in the region’ if you don’t have Leslie Charles, nationally known speaker, author and facilitator. We are luck… Read more
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