C. Leslie Charles: Experience, Awards & Memberships

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

We were looking for a unique speaker who isn’t run of the mill. We wanted it to feel like we were hearing a story, while still learning, with an approachable vibe. We got just that with Leslie. She offers practical advice that speaks to the mind and the soul. For those who enjoy takeaways, she’s written books, — some are fun quick reads, o… Read more
Amanda ToyCMP, CTA  Associate Director of SalesGreater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Professional Speaking Accredidations



Leslie Charles, CSP

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