Leslie-Rule is a researcher storyteller and cultural strategist. For the past 15 years she has leveraged the power of storytelling to support communities non-profit leaders and philanthropic institutions to advance racial and gender justice. Leslie-Rule employs participatory methodologies for measuring and documenting social and organizational change and has co-created with community members research strategy and storytelling projects in the United States and East and Central Africa. Leslie-Rule frequently collaborates with Goodwin Simon Strategic Research a public opinion research firm where she co-led Striving to Thriving a multi-year research project supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that explores Black Hispanic and young people experiencing poverty’s attitudes and mindsets related to education and work. She is also a member of Wonder: Strategies for Good a network of independent communications strategists who use values-based messaging to advance change on sensitive social issues. She is currently working on a book about the Striving to Thriving project.Leslie-Rule is also an artist. She is a founding collaborator of the Spiritual Technologies Project a collaboration between composers musicians and other culture bearers that explores the unique knowledge held by Black people in the American South.