Leslie Kawai - Principal

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Leslie Kawai is a principal consultant with The RBL Group. She is also a principal partner and co-founder of Leverage Communications and an adjunct faculty member in the department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Marriott School of Business where she developed faculty business writing and oral-communications training and learning-outcome-assessment models as the former associate director of the management communications program. Leslie also teaches culture shock, volunteerism, and communications curriculum courses as a guest instructor for international student programs in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Boston. 

Leslie designs executive-performance, leadership development, communications strategy, and presentation-skills management consulting, with a former client list that includes American Express, DOMO, Silicon Valley Bank, SaltStack,  Silicon Slopes, and Inside Sales. Leslie is also a featured consultant with Crack the Funding Code, helping high-level entrepreneurs develop pitch presentations for raising early-stage seed funding. 

Her work has been featured in Forbes and Execunet. Leslie’s master’s degree is from BYU’s acclaimed organizational-behavior program. Leslie is highly experienced in cognitive behavior and its role in creating multimedia and communications; instructional-learning materials; and written and oral communication systems that facilitate sustained change. Leslie specializes in interpersonal and team communications systems as well as leadership-development programs.

Leslie is the former executive director of RealVictory, a non-profit organization that partnered with the Utah State Juvenile Justice Services and Adult Probation and Parole departments to research cognitive-behavior change programs to reduce recidivism among adult and juvenile criminal offenders. Leslie is co-author of Helping Offenders—What Works?

Leslie is passionate about social entrepreneurship and leadership development and currently currently serves on the board of Care Cuts, an organization that addresses homelessness and One Heart Bulgaria, a nonprofit organization that aids orphans and children with special needs in Bulgaria. Leslie has advised multiple non-profit organizations, including Soul Food USA, Promethean Spark, Musana Intl, Au Pair Weekend, and Global Education Allies.

Leslie has three children and resides in Springville, Utah