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Tags: Professional Growth / Branding & Advertising / Communication / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) / Emcees & Moderators / Generations & Demographics / Journalist / Leadership / Motivational / Sports & Adventure


1988 US Olympian and media professional Leslie Maxie is a born entrepreneur and no stranger to achievement or pushing herself to optimal performance.

Leslie began her media career as a reporter. Over the years, she has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Jesse Owens, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Serena Williams, Barry Bonds, and Mike Tyson. She did this while being the 1st professional athlete to cover the world’s premier entertainment and sporting events outside her primary sport.

Over the last decade, Maxie has executed a strategic move from broadcaster to Media Maven as Principal/Founder of Maxie Media Group (MMG). MMG has quietly lent its expertise to shape the narrative of and provide media training and crisis communications to several influential clients and corporations. Companies MMG has advised under this umbrella include Viacom Networks, the 2014 Super Bowl Planning Committee representing the NFL’s Commissioner’s Office, Toyota Motor Corp, Red Bull GmbH and Red Bull Racing Formula 1, NASCAR, the NY Jets, Major League Baseball executives, Miss New Jersey Pageant, and several fortune 100 © executives.

In addition to speaker training, MMG has provided brand and strategic counsel to global influencers; Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement, two-time gold medalist, Olympic legend Dr. Edwin Moses, World Rugby Hall of Famer, and Women’s Sports Foundation 2021 President Phaidra Knight, 3x Olympian Lea Davison, among others.

Maxie is the Founder of the Not Your Mama’s 50 Movement, a lifestyle brand for women 50+ who are MidLove Sisters, AKA midlife and LOVING it! She has built a dynamic community that includes brand partnerships, travel, innovative products, and content creation.

Leslie is a mom to two adult children, Andrea (29) and Nick (27). She cherishes time with her attorney and award-winning photographer husband, Phillip Dowdell, enjoying nature’s beauty and capturing iconic shots worldwide.


Excellence is Not an Accident

Integrate the “Olympic Mindset” into Your Company’s Culture

As an international keynote speaker, Leslie discusses how to achieve excellence in any field. A record-holding track & field Olympian, Maxie shows how that mindset propelled her through the rest of her career! Leslie uses this “Olympic Mindset” framework to train audiences around the globe, helping them to achieve their full potential.

Program Results:

  • Learn how to develop a more resilient mindset to help you reach your highest goals
  • Compete among the best without losing your sanity
  • Connect your personal goals with your professional life

Kicking Ass and Taking on Ageism

Surviving the Unprecedented Generational Age Gap

Maxie speaks on how modern business people tackle ageism, both within the workplace and within themselves. In today’s workforce, we have an unprecedented level of generational variety, and with this new trend comes new problems. Sometimes it’s the young intern who is not being taken seriously or excluding the older person from an activity. Additionally, there is a startling trend of older employees being unfairly laid off in comparison to newer, younger employees. In 2022, Leslie gave this speech at the Women in Retail Leadership summit.

Program Results:

  • Increase confidence among older employees and younger employees alike
  • Gain a better understanding of the generational age gap in the workplace
  • Develop better communication skills with your fellow employees

Empowering Women in the Workplace

Promoting Gender Diversity

A self-made entrepreneur, Leslie has consistently risen to the top of the male-dominated business world. This is the subject of one of her most in-demand keynotes, empowering women in the workplace. This is one of Leslie’s most popular speaking topics, and in 2022 she delivered this keynote to the Mississippi BAR Association.

Program Results:

  • Develop better methods to promote gender diversity within the workplace
  • Empower an inspired generation of female leaders
  • Identify the symptoms of misogyny in the workplace




  • I always knew you were the perfect person to host this series, but last night it became crystal clear why that is so. Thank you for the professionalism, intelligence, compassion and grace you brought to the conversation. We were blessed to have you on our stage. I look forward to many more special evenings. David DiCerto Director of Programming, Sheen Center