Leslie Hortum believes in the life-changing impact the right leader can have on an organization and the world. A former association executive, Leslie not only helps organizations find leaders who have the right strategic vision for their future, but also helps diverse groups of stakeholders reach consensus and align around that shared vision.

Leslie manages Spencer Stuart’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm’s Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice, focusing on recruiting and assessing senior leaders in associations and nonprofits. She advises trade associations and mission-driven organizations and boards on how they can enhance value for members and constituents, advance their advocacy agenda, and find the leaders necessary to succeed in a changing landscape. Before entering the search industry, Leslie spent 20 years in association management, culminating in her appointment as the first woman senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Dedicated to mentorship and community leadership, Leslie founded AWE, an organization for women CEOs and senior leaders of major nonprofits to share best practices and experiences. She serves on several nonprofit boards and is the vice chair of the corporate advisory board of So Others Might Eat (SOME), a Washington, D.C., organization that provides support services to the homeless. Leslie is on the advisory board of Strategic Partnerships, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., and of The Economic Club of Washington.

Recent work

  • Led searches for the CEOs of more than 250 of the nation’s most prominent membership organizations, trade associations and major nonprofits
  • Recruited the director general for a major global trade association, which coordinates an industry policy agenda across multiple sectors around the world

Previous experience

  • Senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business lobby, and executive vice president of the Chamber’s Center for Workforce Preparation
  • Senior vice president and chair of management committee at the American Trucking Associations

Education

  • B.A. in economics from Mary Washington College
  • Attended the Advanced Management School at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

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