Leslie Bradshaw

General Foundation

Leslie is a passionate entrepreDOER known for her ability to lead teams, interpret and visualize data, accelerate growth, and have fun in the process. 

The combination of her operational leadership, creative thinking, passion for data-driven storytelling, and ability to successfully engage across disciplines has aided vanguard brands with some of their most innovative executions, including helping architect the de facto social strategy for Nike’s custom shoe division (NIKEiD) still used today, the collaboration between NASA and foursquare to bring about the first check-in from space, the concepting and development of Intel’s brand storytelling platform “iQ“, Google’s data visualization efforts around the 2012 Election, and C-SPAN’s 2008 and 2012 Election efforts and their Peabody-winning Archives redesign in 2009.

Leslie spent the early part of her career building one of the world’s top data visualization firms to become AdAge's Small Agency of the Year - Southeast in 2012 and make the Inc. 500 list twice for revenue growth experienced during her tenure (2006 - 2012). 

An advisor to multiple startups and co-founder of her own “small data” firm (focused on examining the smaller data sets that affect critical components of our lives, such as relationships), Leslie has been recognized by Fast Company as one of “The Most Creative People in Business” and by Inc. Magazine as a “Top 30 Entrepreneur Under 30”. She also spent 2013 and part of 2014 helping build a Knight Foundation-backed technology company that turned text into video using natural language processing and data visualization techniques.


Bradshaw, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, also is a regular contributor at Forbes on the topic of female entrepreneurship and serves as a fellow for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she researches and writes on the topics of millennials, data-driven innovation, and entrepreneurship.