LESLIE MAXIE, OLYMPIAN & ENTREPRENEUR
1988 US Olympian and media professional, Leslie Maxie is a born entrepreneur and no stranger to achievement or pushing herself to optimal performance. She now inspires others by sharing her insights on embracing transition, intentionality, work-life integration, and successfully assessing, “what’s next?” In addition to her media consulting work, Leslie connects with her audiences wherever they are in their journey. She is committed to sowing seeds of encouragement and empowerment for all. Leslie is currently lending her expertise in media training and strategic support to the #metoo movement founder, Tarana Burke.
Leslie began her media career as a reporter. Over the years, she has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports - Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Lance Armstrong, Venus and Serena Williams, Barry Bonds, Jeff Gordon and Mike Tyson among others - all while covering some of the world’s premier sporting events such as the Super Bowl, World Series, Final Four, Tour de France and U.S. Open.
Over the last decade, Maxie has implemented a strategic move from broadcaster to media consultant as principal/owner of Maxie Media Group (mmg). Maxie specializes in designing strategic campaigns to help Fortune 500 businesses and individual influencers identify and achieve their media goals. She utilizes real-world experience serving as an international communications executive for Red Bull, gmbh; PR strategist; media activation/event innovator for NASCAR; and as media trainer and crisis communicator for the Ny Jets, MLB, and the Miss New Jersey pageant.
Among MMG’s achievements are the execution of the NASCAR event resulting in the lighting of the Empire State Building in champion Jimmie Johnson’s team colors. This event was widely lauded as “the ultimate large-scale branding opportunity…” (huffington report 11/26/09). Additionally, MMG provides media services to BET networks, Toyota Motor Corp, several Fortune 500 executives and three professional sports teams. In 2014, Maxie was handpicked from a pool of 32 candidates as a 2014 super bowl owner liaison team member for the Washington Redskins.
In addition to being a media powerhouse, Leslie Maxie is most proud of her role as mom to daughter Andrea (24) and son Nicholas (22) and bride to attorney, Phillip Dowdell.