Leslie Short, Inspirational & Motivational Speaker, Change Agent, Host, Facilitator
Corporate Operations Strategist
CEO: The Cavu Group
Leslie is the Owner and CEO of The Cavu Group www.thecavugroup.com a company focusing on expanding beyond the current culture of companies and organizations through the Diversity & Inclusion lens. K.I.M. Media LLC, Leslie also owns a multi-media agency that specializes in Branding, Events, Design and Weddings. K.I.M. Media is the winner of Wedding Wire’s “Brides Choice Awards” in 2011-14 and Best of Brooklyn “Wedding Planner” in 2012-16.
Leslie’s eclectic career began over 20 years ago, when the trained alumnus of the Joffery Ballet School, began performing for national and international audiences. She lived in Europe for over 10 years and Asia for 2 1/2 years utilizing both her creative and business mind. In 1994, her company, J. Men’s Tokyo, was named the 4th best business venture in Japan, where she produced, directed and choreographed (the 1st Male revue show in Japan) and also handled day-to-day business decisions and international press and marketing.
She then successfully changed her career in 1996, when she returned to the States. Leslie began a career in television, working as an Associate Producer for the Montel Williams Show and was the Music Coordinator for Thirteen/WNET in New York City. Her next move was with Macy’s Department Store (Federated) as the Special Event Manager, where she conceptually designed and executed dynamic events.
Her client roster spans the world of sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyle brands.
Leslie is the past Chief Operating Officer for both the The Shark Group and blueprint +co. The Shark Group is a marketing- branding company and blueprint +co is a co shared executive work space that Leslie handled full build out, design and operations curated by Daymond John star of ABC’s “Shark Tank”. Leslie has since made them clients under her role as a Corporate Operations Strategist. Leslie has worked with Daymond John for over 20 years and spent 10 years as the President of Marketing, Advertising & PR for FUBU The Collection and FB Entertainment.
As a Corporate Operations Strategist Leslie gives companies a level of executive management without having to bring in a executive full time in the roll of Chief Operating Officer. Leslie provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.
In addition to being an active leader in New York’s business community, Leslie is also a certified Chaplain and a Chaplain with the New York State Chaplain Task Force, as well as the instructor for the NYC chapter. She is often called as a first responder to help provide families with comfort and religious support during difficult times. She has served as the interim Chaplain at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Pastoral Care volunteer. Recently, Leslie founded Ascend Bereavement Management (ABM), a company designed to help alleviate the burden of families having to handle the business aspects of losing a loved one. She is also a certified Mediator with a focus on Elder/Adult family and Faith-based mediation and Crisis & Conflict coaching.
With a focus on giving back to the New York City community, personally and professionally, every year, Leslie donates her time and design skills to create an unforgettable evening for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the 8th grade class at Academy First Charter School. She also volunteers to design fundraisers and holiday events for St. Boniface.
Leslie is a very hands-on mentor to the dozens of contractors that work with and for K.I.M. Media, as well as to the interns at Shark Branding. She’s a participant in the summer mentor program at Long Island University and has been the keynote speaker for its Entrepreneur Program for the past two years.
Leslie has been recognized for her achievements by various organizations. In 2003, she was honored by Ebony as an Outstanding Woman in Marketing & Communications, and by Today’s Black Woman Magazine with the Today’s Black Woman & New Day Associates Award. Leslie was selected as a” Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal for 2016, and she is a member of the North American Advisory board for the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council. Leslie also authored a chapter of Inside the Minds: Marketing Benchmarks for Success, with Aspatore Books, and contributed her insights to the college textbook, Marketing, 9th Edition and Marketing: The Core 3rd Edition.
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Leslie resides in Brooklyn, New York.