Our Story

I'm Leslie 

From a very young age I’ve been driven for excellence. I have spent the last 29 years in the quest to help my clients do the same.  


I’m a 1988 Olympian, Media Consultant, Professional Broadcaster, and International Motivational Speaker helping INFLUENCERS turn a lifetime of invaluable learning and doing into a lucrative speaking career that makes positive change in today’s world.  

I‘ve strategically transitioned a career as an elite athlete to the world of media as a studio anchor, reporter and host, and production on projects for ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox Sports Net, among others.

I have interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports: Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Lance Armstrong, Venus and Serena Williams, Barry Bonds, Jeff Gordon and Mike Tyson among others. I’ve covered some of the world’s premier sporting events; Super Bowl, World Series, Final Four, Tour de France & the U.S. Open!

All while traveling the world, sharing my passion for: embracing transition, work life balance, and figuring out “What’s next?” My speaking passion had been led by an unwavering commitment to sowing seeds of encouragement, empowerment and excellence for all. This led to a natural transition as communications executive with responsibilities in PR, media activations, and crisis communications designing campaigns to help fortune 500 business and individual INFLUENCERS as they identify and achieve their media goals.

As founder and Managing Partner of Maxie Media Group, LLC., I have galvanized the valuable skills and wisdom retained from these experiences and formulated them into a unique approach to speaker training and consulting reaching all around the world. 

Along with my business partner, Ranise Gillespie (more on Ranise in just a minute) and myself, MMG specializes at helping what we call real INFLUENCERS make a difference on the world stage starting with what lives right inside.

Your In Excellence!


Speaker in YOU™

Our signature speaker training program package featuring a groundbreaking framework combining the 3 top success factors in the speaking industry 
 Method Monetization

I'm Ranise

As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the human ability to change for better or worse.  


I understand it’s our fundamental ability to change that ultimately moves us towards our goals.  


I’ve spent over 11 years fixated on the mental processes involved with change the kind that leads to goals fulfilled.  As Managing Partner of MMG, it has been my mission to use my expertise to empower people to realize their goals...through simple change. 

I began my journey in the corporate world as an award winning sales executive for a Fortune Top 50 global tech firm. This is where, as a sales coach, I realized that effective coaching direction can be the difference for many who desire more for their careers and lives.

As a Master Certified Transformation Coach I help INFLUENCERS like you align your thoughts with your goals, so your transition to professional speaking is permeated with clarity, empowerment, and confidence.

I spent the next 10 years training and developing my own unique approach which combines many different methodologies. Thrilled to now apply this work in the speaker space.  Working with INFLUENCERS and seeing how a mindset shift towards your vision can save time, effort and a whole lot of heartache.


Now I create breakthrough programs and experiences like the Maxie Media Framework and Speaker In YOU™ that truly deliver the results you are looking for.

Be Blessed! 




It is our commitment to provide the training, consulting and services you
need to get you on your mark, set,


We strive to begin each engagement, partnership, and day with clarity.
When you have nothing else you have the tenacity to ensure all you do meets your own personal level of excellence. 
Both MMG partners abhors inauthenticity so we have no choice but to be authentic!
Teamwork allows individuals to develop and excel at their God given gifts, elevating the whole group.
We define Spirit as that rooted part in us all that is constantly seeking what's good, bright, real, and beautiful in life. 
It’s time for you to take the stage you’ve spent your entire life creating.
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