For her work, Hispanic Business magazine called her one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics,” and she was named “Texas Powerbroker” by the Houston Chronicle for being among the most influential Texans in Washington.
She is the author of two critically-acclaimed books: Los Republicanos, which accurately predicted key shifts of Latino vote prior to 2008; and You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah (Palin), Michelle (Obama), Hillary (Clinton) and the Shaping of the New American Woman, which examines the unique challenges women face on their Road to the White House.
Leslie started her career selling P.F. Collier encyclopedias door-to-door. Once in Washington, she served as deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee where she was one of the principal architects of the organization’s first-ever multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at Hispanic voters. Soon after, Leslie was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as executive director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education. Under her leadership, the initiative successfully built a grassroots network of 20,000 parents, educators and students, and issued two Presidential Commission reports aimed at closing the academic achievement gap.
Leslie appears on a wide range of major media outlets, including This Week (ABC), Face the Nation (CBS), Today (NBC), The Early Show (CBS), The News Hour (PBS), CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News Channel and Univision. In 2008 she was an on-camera member of CNN's award-winning election coverage team, making her one of only two Hispanic Americans hired as political contributors at major news networks, and the first at CNN.
During the 2014 midterm elections, Leslie served as an on-air political analyst of U.S. global election coverage for BBC and Yahoo News
Leslie has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from The George Washington University. She has also served on the board of Providence Health Foundation in Washington, DC and is a director of Nativity School, a high-performing inner-city school in Los Angeles.
- Discover America's True Swing Voters: Hispanics
Based on her book Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other, Leslie emphasizes that Hispanics aren't just changing America at its edges they are the new powerhouse poised to decide the nation's political future for generations.
- Opportunities and Challenges in Hispanic Education
Education is not the problem, says Leslie Sanchez, it's the solution. Nevertheless, the current system is not working for everyone, not just by failing to teach the 3 R's but in the ways that fail to develop new generations of Americans, united in the idea of a common country and a common ethic. An educated population is a secure, prosperous and knowledgeable one that can compete effectively with China and India in the coming global marketplace.
- Reaching America's Latinos
The diversity of the marketplace makes the challenge of networking effectively more difficult. Leslie, drawing from her real life experience on both sides of the desk, gives guidance on how to make and keep meaningful cross-cultural contacts instead of increasing tensions through misunderstanding.
- You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: The Progress of Women in Politics
The prevalence of serious women candidates in the 2008 primary and presidential elections doesn't mean that women have finally achieved parity with men in politics. Drawing on lessons of her forthcoming book, Leslie Sanchez explains how the development of the post-modern women's movement has, on both ends of the political spectrum, changed politics in America and how politics in America have changed women.
- The Changes in Washington
The historic 2008 Presidential election ushered in a new era of activist government in Washington. From the reregulation of the financial markets to an expanded role for government in health care to tens of billions being spent on economic stimulus, President Barack Obama and the Democrats in control in Congress are changing the rules of the game. Drawing on her experience at the Republican National Committee as well as her work as president of one of the country?s leading women- owned market research firms, Leslie Sanchez explains the country's reaction to the new day in Washington and whether the pendulum has really swung as far as people think.