Leslie Cannold: Writer, Commentator, Ethicist, Researcher



Dr Leslie Cannold educates and trains on values-driven leadership, gender equity and respectful relationships, She is a regular on ABC TV’s Moral Compass and an occasional columnist at The Age. Leslie sits on a variety of boards and advisory committees and is the recipient of numerous awards and notices for her contributions to public life.

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Dr Leslie Cannold has a BA from Wesleyan University in the USA, a Masters in Australian Studies and in Bioethics from Monash University and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Her books include What, No Baby? which made the Australian Financial Review’s top 101 books list. Her first novel, The Book of Rachael was published in 2011 and reprinted in 2012 by Text. The Book of Rachael debuted in the US in December 2013 and England in 2014.

Dr Cannold is an award-winning columnist, oft-noted as one of Australia’s leading public thinkers. She has been named alongside Professor Peter Singer, Professor Gustav Nossal and Inga Clendinnen as one of Australia’s top 20 public intellectuals and recently was named by the Power Index as among the Top Ten most influential brains.

In 2013, Leslie was listed alongside Prime Minister Julia Gillard as one of Melbourne’s most influential women. She was a finalist in the best science tweet contest for Science Week 2010 and in 2011 was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year.

Leslie is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University and Senior Lecturer at the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit of the Department of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University. She is a Founding Faculty at The School of Life in Melbourne.

She is the research or community member of several Victorian committees, councils and boards including the Physiotherapy Board of Australia’s Registration and Notifications Committee (formerly the Victorian Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia), the Victorian Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and the Mental Health Tribunal. Past appointments include providing research expertise to the Department of Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee and the Consultative Council for Clinical Trial Research.

Knowledge transfer and public engagement through keynote speaking, panel presenting and workshop facilitation are core skills for Leslie. She is represented by both ICMI and Saxton’s and is a member of the International Association for Public Participation.

A cyclist with a lifelong dedication to Iyengar yoga and Pilates-based weight-training, Leslie currently works as the COO of the Aged Care Division at Functional Fitness Solutions.

Email: leslie@cannold.com Mobile: 0417 114 859 Fax: +61 3 9348 2015 - PO Box 1337, St Kilda South VIC 3182 Australia