Co-Founder, Kennedy Ventures

Leslie's Special Set of Skills

  • Financial Modeling
  • Investor Sourcing
  • SaaS Models
  • Strategic Planning & Partnerships
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Founder Coaching

Leslie's Rise

Leslie’s journey is a perfect example of how skills developed in multiple arenas can lead to one’s dream job. After graduating from Harvard in 1992, she began her career as an M&A corporate finance analyst at Dillon Read before transitioning from banking to high-yield bonds. By the time she was 27, Leslie had risen to Managing Director at CIBC Oppenheimer. Using her financial experience and industry expertise, she began investing in technology companies and then discovered her passion for operations and building for scale.

Armed with as versatile a toolbelt as you’ll find on Wall Street, Leslie co-founded Kennedy Ventures, a boutique merchant bank investing in companies and advising management teams across asset classes. With subject matter expertise, including data science/machine learning, cybersecurity, digital media, telecom, fintech, proptech, edtech, and real estate, Leslie is impressively equipped to help female founders scale and accelerate value generation.

Professional Superpower

Not worrying about being liked.

Personal Superpower

Balancing motherhood and career.

What Drives Leslie

Leslie is passionate about putting her resources to work for entrepreneurs and good causes, supporting non-profits in education and cancer research.

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One-on-one mentorship sessions

Unlock an exclusive, one-on-one appointment with Leslie. During your video session, Leslie will be on the line to offer personalized advice, support and guidance designed to help power your business forward. Consider this your phone a friend (with major bonus points).

THE NORTH concierge team will contact you to complete your booking.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Rate: $500