Essential Life Strategies
Paula Leslie, LCSW, BCD

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Client Reviews

"Managing Change During Turbulent Times' was very timely for our clients who are experiencing a career transition. They particularly enjoyed the interactive methods you shared to keep themselves focused on moving forward. The laughter exercise was a helpful reminder to maintain balance when under stress. Thank you for a job well done."
Diane Olsen, Senior HR Manager, Global Career Transition Services, Cisco, Inc., San Jose, CA

"Paula reminds women (and men) that feelings of anger and frustration are important signs something's not working. Included in Women Taking Charge: 5 Steps To Succeed In Life And Work is a clearly written process for dealing with anger and, even better, effective ways to take the emotions of anger at work and create an improved situation."
Mary Lautner, Program Manager, Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, CA

"My managers came away from your Workplace Violence Prevention Seminar with valuable information. Your interactive, easily understood style helped them learn ways to minimize stress and be alert to behaviors that could signal potential violence. Good job!"
Kimberly Banks, Director of Human Resources, Sheraton/Westin Hotels, Palo Alto, CA

"Paula's work is guaranteed to help anyone feel more upbeat. Her positive attitude and humor inspire others to take positive action."
Kathy Shea, Ph.D., CEO, International Associates for Marketing, Inc., Miami, FL

"Wonderful! Your 'Managing Change During Turbulent Times' keynote speech was wonderful and helped with team building. You presented important messages in easily understood words and we could relate to the scenarios you shared. You are a great role model for having a positive work attitude."
Geri Carter, Business Loan Department, San Mateo Credit Union, San Mateo, CA

"Your program touched upon the important issues people in business constantly face. You helped me get back on course by reminding me of the importance of my Self Care program. Work and home are going great as a result."
Gayle Hayes, Director of Solutions, Management i2, Cupertino, CA

"Women Taking Charge: 5 Steps To Succeed In Life And Work is a useful tool for people going through transitions and reevaluating their personal and professional goals. I believe this would be a valuable self-help methodology for sorting out priorities and determining how to move forward."
Deborah Dagit, Director of Diversity, Silicon Graphics, Inc., Mountain View, CA

"Paula Leslie is an accomplished professional who has experienced what she writes about. Women Taking Charge: 5 Steps To Succeed In Life And Work has the necessary information, nicely presented, that will enable women to handle anger issues in the workplace. We men could also benefit from this information."
Sid Wilkins, Ph.D.Anger Violence, Workplace Consultant, Chairman - Wilkins and Wilkins International, Inc.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your speech at our quarterly staff meeting. "Staying Sane During Turbulent Times" was a great presentation and has proven extremely helpful during these challenging times. The tips you presented help us stay calm and upbeat when dealing with clients and other team members."
Don Riccardi, General Manager Santa Clara Convention Center



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Client List

  • Association of Alumni Women, Monterey/Carmel, CA
  • AOL/Sun/Time Warner, Mountain View, CA
  • Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Financial Engineers, New York City, NY
  • Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Green Valley, San Francisco, CA
  • Hartman Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • International Associates for Marketing, Inc., Miami, FL
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Operations, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Matheson Electronics, San Jose, CA
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto, CA
  • Pathways Home Health and Continuous Care (Mid Peninsula Continuous Care Services), Mountain View, CA
  • San Jose Unified School District, San Jose, CA
  • San Mateo Credit Union, Redwood City, CA
  • Sandcraft, Inc., Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara Convention Center
  • Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA
  • Sheraton/Westin Hotels, Palo Alto and Laguna Beach, CA
  • Silicon Graphics, Mountain View, CA
  • Spherion
  • United Airlines, Chicago, IL
  • Women in Travel, San Jose, CA

Please contact us at or 650 324-2512 for information on speaking, consultations, or the book Women Taking Charge.


Paula Leslie, LCSW, BCD
Essential Life Strategies

415 Cambridge Ave., Suite #22 - Palo Alto, CA 94306