Dr Leslie Cannold educates and trains on inspirational 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.
Dr Leslie Cannold has a BA from Wesleyan University in the USA, a Masters in Arts and 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 by Text Publishing in 2011 and reprinted in 2012. 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 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 – as well as the sometimes Chair – of several Victorian committees, councils and boards including panels that assess the professionalism of health practitioner conduct, the Victorian Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and its notification committee, as well as 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 ICMI,Saxton’s and Booked Out. You can also check her suitability and availability by contacting Leslie directly.
A cyclist with a lifelong dedication to Iyengar yoga and Pilates-based weight-training, Leslie currently works as the COO and HR Manager of the Aged Care Division at Functional Fitness Solutions.
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.