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Leslie has a natural way of taking complex psychological phenomena and explaining it in a way that’s captivating and engaging. Below is a list of talks that are currently available. For information about past events please click here.

See Leslie in Action

Watch this short video (22 seconds) to get a sense of Leslie’s speaking style:

Most-Requested Talks

Leslie can speak about the following topics (other talks may be available upon request):

How to Thrive During Challenging Times: Tips for Cultivating Resilience and Minimizing Burnout

Life on this planet is not easy these days, to say the least, but as the legendary adventurer Tim Hansel once said, “Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional.”

How do we thrive during challenging times? How do we develop resilience or grit? We do it by using the principles of psychology to our advantage – by creating healthy boundaries around work, play, and media exposure. We do it by harnessing the power of what we can control (like our individual sense of community, and joy in life’s small moments), while exercising mindfulness around what we cannot control.

In this talk, Leslie gives concrete tips and tricks for how people can psychologically survive and even thrive during times of political upheaval, climate change, and a global pandemic.

Living Mindfully In The Digital Age: How to Create Healthy Boundaries Around Technology for More Joy and Less Stress

As an expert in both tech addiction and mindfulness, Leslie has spoken to audiences at companies like Google, been interviewed for documentary films, and has even created an e-course on how to develop and maintain healthy boundaries with technology so that it works for us, and not the other way around. Technology has made our lives better in many ways, but if we’re not careful we can find ourselves being slaves to our screens.

This lively and engaging discussion will inspire you to log-off from technology and tune-in to the things that create healthy brains and healthy minds (like relationships and the natural environment) – all while giving you easy, actionable steps for making sure that tech doesn’t overrun your life.

Trauma, Culture, and The “Myth” of Mental Illness: Making Sense of the Mind and Demystifying Human Behavior

What does it really mean to be “mentally ill?” Is mental health something that can be cultivated? If so, how? In this powerful keynote, Leslie uses her expertise as a clinical psychologist to help you re-imagine what it means to be human – where we have brains, but we also have minds  which are shaped by our relationships and all of our life experiences to date. This subject matter is the theme of her popular podcast, The Nature of Nurture, and it will challenge everything you think you know about what it means to be a person.

All talks are available in the following formats:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Breakout groups and workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • Interviews and fireside chats

If you have any questions, or to book now, please contact us at [email protected] or 415-932-0938.