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Dr Leslie

Author, commentator, ethicist and activist.

We learn through the head. We change from the heart.

Associate Professor Leslie Cannold is an ethicist, researcher, writer and educator on gender and ethical leadership. Leslie works with leaders in the private and public sector to clarify individual and organisational values and engage staff by doing the right thing. She is the chair/member of numerous Victorian government and international NGO health tribunals, panels and committees, including the Marie Stopes International Ethics in Researcher Committee, the Victorian Board of the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal.

Previous experience

Author: She is the author of two books and many chapters and newspaper columns from her days Fairfax’s education and ethics columnist.

Media: Leslie appears regularly on ABC TV including Q &A, Moral Compass and Tomorrow Tonight and contributes to the community through her advocacy in the sexual and reproductive rights space and pro bono participation on the Australian Intercultural Society Advisory Panel.

Awards: She has been recognised through awards as Humanist of the Year, and an EVA award for sensitive reporting on intimate partner violence.

Talking Points

Social License, Ethical Leadership and How Australian Businesses Can Restore Trust after the Banking Royal Commission

A lot of folks have expressed surprise about the depth of institutional indifference, greed and corruption exposed by the Australian Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. But not Leslie. “For more than twenty years I’ve received countless invitations to join boards and talk to leaders and employees in the health, educational and public service sectors about social license, trust, business ethics and ethical leadership. But I can count the invitations I’ve had from the banking and finance sector on the fingers of one hand. Who knew the problems in the finance sector were so broad and deep? Sadly, I did.”

Looking for a speaker who doesn’t pull punches? Who gets that structural incentives and safeguards are as important as ethical leadership and personal integrity in changing the culture of the banking, superannuation and financial services industry? Who can support your management teams and employees to understand what the Banking Royal Commission means for them - both within and outside of the workplace - and what they must to restore trust and maintain their social license to operate?

Dr Leslie Cannold has the academic credentials and business experience to impress, connect and engage your board, management team and employees. An Associate Professor at Griffith University’s Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Leslie has been a risk manager and health regulator in the private, NGO and public sector for more than 15 years. Twice voted one of Australia’s most influential brains and was the 2011 Humanist of the Year, she brings humour, passion and common sense to the discussions about how Australian businesses can articulate new standards of conduct and transform their cultures and structures to ensure they are ones that no one walks past.
Congratulations on your role as guest speaker at my VC Awards for Excellence event. Your talk was thought-provoking and challenging, and your audience appreciated every minute. Southern Cross University

Leslie Cannold was chosen as a keynote speaker for our celebrant conference because of her high media profile, her speaking skills and her proven academic attainment. Her chosen theme was most relevant to the conference program. She spoke clearly and effectively with exceptional body language, dealing with questions in a direct and personable way. The audience reaction was clear. 95% rated the speech excellent.

Monash University Civil Celebrants

Thank you so much for being a part of the panel. We have been wanting to do this for a few years and it came together exactly as we hoped it would. Your input was excellent!

National Employment Services Association (NESA)

Leslie knows her topic thoroughly. She delivers an interesting and entertaining presentation, with excellent examples that people can relate to and understand. Her presentation style is engaging, intelligent, and she delivers with a sense of humour, optimism and positivity. She is an engaging, thought provoking and change-making speaker.

Hume City Council
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