I wasn’t always who I am now. I’ve changed. A lot. And, I believe you can too.
In my twenties and thirties, sure I was courageous and ambitious, but mostly I was sad, lonely, stressed, afraid and unhappy.
Fast forward to my fortieth birthday. I gifted myself permission to start anew. To leave the career I had carved out for myself and seek a new path. To birth a new phase of life. I didn’t know what to expect, but I opened to exploration. I started dancing again, went to Burning Man, found the creative and expressive parts of me. I found tribe. I started helping others open up to their own inner changes too. If I’m honest, helping them helped me enormously.
Now, almost fifty, I am happily married, and have an abundance of community, connection, work-life balance, nature and sources of unconditional love. I am happier than I've ever been! From this place of humble strength, I can help you find balance, tribe, gratitude, and sources of unconditional love and happiness too. Yes, you.
I am a professional coach, certified by the International Coach Federation (PCC) and the Co-Active Training Institute (CPCC), a trainer, facilitator and published author of “Deliver Workshops that Bring in Clients: A How-To Guide for Coaches, Consultants and Entrepreneurs”.
I’m energetic, personable and work in English and Spanish. I have lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. I’ve worked in higher education, international development, the arts, non-profits, corporate America and founded, or co-founded four companies.
Over the years and around the world, I’ve learned how to teach people to listen to each other, learn from one another, collaborate with respect, and enjoy a shared outcome.
Here's a summary, resume style.
Co-founder of ParaLabs, 2018 - present
Founder of Leslie Zucker Training and Coaching, 2014- present
Co-founder of The Movement Movement, 2014-2019
Training Manager, Creative Associates International 2011-2014
Training Manager, Training Resources Group, Inc. 2009–2011
Director of Programming, Dance USA 2007-2009
Co-founder, Vice-President and Training Consultant, GlobaleChange, LLC, 2001–2007
Program Officer, Southern Africa Division, World Education 1999–2001
Senior Associate, Training and Development, Latin American Operations, ACCION International 1996–1999
education and credentials
Spiritual Coaching Certificate (The Life Purpose Institute) 2021
Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) 2013, renewed in 2017 and 2020
Coaching with Spirit, Level Two (The Graduate Institute) 2019
Authorized Instructor and Certified Professional (ICAgile) 2018
Entrepreneurs Business and Marketing Program (Boldheart Academy) 2014-2016
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (The Co-Active Training Institute) 2013
Certified Myers Briggs Practitioner (Center for Applications of Psychological Type) 2011
Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Management (School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT) 1998
Postgraduate studies in German Language and Culture (Karl Eberhardt Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany) 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ) 1993
Study Abroad (Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain) 1992
English (native speaker); Spanish (fluent in speaking, writing, reading); German (proficient)