Leslie provides objective, expert perspectives to her clients so that they gain understanding of their situations and the ability to make needed changes. She carefully assesses each situation to develop specialized solutions in collaboration with her clients so that their work has the highest probability of sustained success.
She is skilled at working with people in very complex situations to work through conflict, confusion, disorganization and dysfunction. Leslie’s mission is to help her clients utilize, develop, and appreciate their capabilities and those of the people whose lives they touch.
As a pioneer in the field of family business consulting, Leslie is a founder of the Aspen Family Business Group and the author of four books in the field. She has worked with her colleagues to develop leading-edge tools and knowledge that help families in businesses all over the world. She serves as a mentor to other professionals and speaks to professional and business organizations around the globe. Her contributions to the field have been recognized by the Family Firm Institute with their highest accolade, the Richard Beckhard Award.
Leslie is engaged in hobbies such as cactus gardening, collecting folk art, traveling, photography, sailing and kayaking. In addition, she has served her community on boards such as the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the Pitzer College Board of Trustees. Leslie is married to Jack Salisbury and they have two adult children, Baleigh and Brett. She graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in organizational psychology and the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in psychiatric social work.