Leslie Leventman is a founding member of MTV Networks (MTVN) and a 30 year veteran of the media and entertainment industry. She has served as Executive Vice President of Creative Services, Special Events and Convention Planning for MTVN (a unit of Viacom), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Joining the company in 1979, Leventman’s creative leadership led to an impressive body of work. As a branding expert, she developed integrated creative strategies that delivered MTVN’s business messaging and promoted the company as an industry leader. Her efforts resulted in countless acclaimed campaigns, events and presentations to key business constituents and consumers.
Leventman played a leading role in the creation and expansion of many of MTVN’s domestic and international assets, including Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and many others. Additionally, Leventman is a strong believer that uniting diverse perspectives enhances creativity. This is a driving theme of her career, as she has championed projects like MTVN’s first global internal magazine and intranet site, and led a company-wide initiative encouraging employees’ creative visions.
Leventman has been recognized for leading outstanding teams, whose works have influenced pop culture and been displayed in the Smithsonian. She has received hundreds of industry awards, and was honored by HOW magazine as directing one of America’s top in-house creative design studios. Additionally, she has guest lectured about motivating creative teams in a business environment at the University of Pennsylvana’s Wharton School of Business.
Leventman serves on the board of directors of Rock and Wrap It Up!, which delivers extra food from events to shelters. She founded Project We Share, the group’s corporate donation arm, in 1993, and received the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award in 2001, alongside former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. She supported the creation of the Federal Food Donation Act, the core of which came from a Rock and Wrap It Up! position paper on fighting poverty in America. The Act was signed into law on June 19, 2008.
Leventman is also on the boards of Women’s Expressive Theater, a nonprofit arts organization that addresses women’s stereotypes in media, and Women’s Venture Fund, a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities, by offering training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of Second Chance Toys, a community and environmental initiative that recycles unwanted plastic toys by distributing them to needy children. She has also worked to support such organizations as the T.J. Martell Foundation, New York Urban League, Rock the Vote, Children of Chernobyl, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and many more.