Dr Leslie Cannold is a consultant with a passion for good data and for and selling ideas through a diverse and refined set of written and spoken communication skills. A researcher, educator and writer who engages and informs on issues including gender, leadership, ethics, corporate social responsibility and social media, 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.
Leslie has a BA from Wesleyan University in the USA, a Masters Degree in Medical Ethics 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 will appear in England in 2014.
Leslie is an award-winning columnist, oft-noted as one of Australia’s leading public thinkers. She has been listed alongside Professor Peter Singer, Professor Gustav Nossal and Inga Clendinnen as one of Australia’s top 20 public intellectuals and recently made the Power Index’s Top Ten List of most influential brains.
In 2013, she 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.
You can hear Leslie talk ethics on the morning show on ABC Central West NSW, with past regular ethics appearances including ABC 774 Melbourne, 702 Sydney, Brisbane radio 4BC and the 7pm Project on Network Ten. She authored the Moral Maze column in the Sydney Sun-Herald from 2007 to 2012.
Leslie is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Gender, Leadership & Social Sustainability Research Unit of the Department of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University. She is the research or community member of several Victorian committees, councils and boards, including the Department of Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee, the Consultative Council for Clinical Trial Research, 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 Review Board.
In recognition of her talents as a Keynote Speaker, Panel Presenter and Facilitator, Leslie is represented by ICMI and Saxton’s. She is a member of the International Association for Public Participation.
Leslie mentors young thinkers and writers privately and through the Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Society of Authors.
The Book of Rachael What if the man you loved betrayed your brother? Two thousand years ago, as a charismatic young preacher from Nazareth was gathering followers among the people of Galilee, his sister swept floors and dreamed of learning to read.
What, No Baby? takes us on journey into the lives of contemporary women who plan to have it all - marriage, motherhood and work - yet have been derailed by reluctant men, insatiably demanding jobs and ever-climbing expectations of what it takes to be a "good" mother.