About Leslie

 

It all started when…

Resourceful is my middle name.  I live by the motto, if there is a will there is a way.  After graduating from film school, I moved to Los Angeles, CA to produce television and was able to work on big three network reality TV shows.  Inquisitive by nature, I enjoyed meeting a myriad of personalities and honing my interviewing skills.  After 7 years of working in the entertainment industry I was ready for a change.  I returned home to New Orleans to run operations for a real estate and property management company. During my time at Toledano Properties, I restructured the company’s financials, revamped internal operations, and increased net profits by an average of 65% over five years. I managed the day-to-day operations, overall vision and strategic company growth plan, handled insurance claims, and negotiated contracts. Together we created a more efficient workflow, implemented new software and systems, and identified new market opportunities. 

In my previous roles in various industries: finance, legal, wellness, Human Resources and recruiting I have revamped operations and simplified processes so systems could run more smoothly. Once I understood a company’s existing systems, I was eager to gain the support of the team and improve on it.

A few years ago, I went through a personal life change - a divorce. I handled my business matters and then set out to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine. When I started my first “real” job I opened a bank account which I called the Travel the World Fund. My goal was to save 30K to do just that, travel the world.  Proud of myself for how quickly I was able to accumulate these savings, but too nervous to go alone, I told myself I would wait until I found the perfect partner to travel with me. When I found a partner, there was always an excuse as to why we could not take off and travel.  There is a reason life throws you curve balls. By navigating through them,  you get to learn about yourself.

After my divorce I decided to step out of my comfort zone and simplify my belongings. I purchased a backpack and a one-way ticket to Europe, and I was off SOLO for almost 9 months, traveling to many different countries, one ticket at a time! In my lifetime I have been to over 40 countries thus far!  I used to be that girl that had all the stuff, everything had to be perfect and perfectly match. This was a HUGE step for me and completely liberating. During my travel journey I made a commitment to do anything that scared me or sounded exciting. I went paragliding, worked on a boat on the Great Barrier Reef, travelled and slept in a van with 4 complete  strangers for 6 days, camped out of a car for 1 month in Australia and Tasmania, sailed on a private 90-foot yacht off the coasts of France and Italy, practiced yoga in Bali, couchsurfed, and learned how to scuba dive. I even ended up getting my advanced certification and completed my 50th dive less than two years later. I feel beyond fortunate to be able to have had these experiences. I knew that when I returned home my life had to be different. I had a strong feeling that I should earn a yoga instruction certification and finally officially start my own business; I have done both!

Better with Becker is the culmination of all the skills that bring me joy. I believe in living OUTSIDE of your comfort zone and knocking down walls to create new horizons. I am action and activity oriented.  When I am passionate and curious about something, I see it through. This translates into the various career paths I have taken. It is now my purpose to help people and businesses hone in on their unique skill sets to BETTER themselves and their businesses.

 
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Education and Training

  • Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Scholar
  • Florida State University
  • Benjamin Franklin High School (for the NOLA locals)
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • eCornell Plant-based Nutrition

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