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Advertising Badass |  DEI+B Expert + Stratigest | TEDx Speaker 



Leadership, advocacy, and storytelling are the central themes of my career—and of my life in general.

I head up Sanders\Wingo, a Texas-based independent creative agency focused on cultivating human connections through brand storytelling, media strategy, and content development. I solve business problems with the best creative and UX/UI research teams in the industry, partnering with brands like USPS, Burger King, AT&T, KFC, and State Farm.

Sanders\Wingo operates with a “humans first” mindset, and we believe that by better understanding people and the decisions they make, brands can make a big impact on the world.

My work has me managing people and processes simultaneously, so I need to adapt quickly to solve problems for our clients while positioning the firm for the future as advertising continues to evolve. I’m driven by a natural curiosity and a drive to keep improving, and I strive to be a transparent, approachable leader who empowers others, connecting people with ideas and great brands.

As a speaker, I fight stereotypes, challenge labels, expose bias, and start the tough conversations around race and gender. I use my platform for advocacy, raising up marginalized voices and championing women and minorities. In my talks, I combine data with compelling stories, educating audiences on how to balance technology with humanity—and how to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their businesses.

I believe in philanthropy, and I give my time to organizations whose values align with my own, like the Texas Book Festival, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Creative Action, and AIDS Services of Austin. My role as a wife and mom is most important to me, and raising little humans is the biggest gift (and sometimes the biggest challenge!) of my life. Success isn’t linear, and ambiguity and discomfort are key to growth—at work and at home.

Are you building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive brand? Have a great story to tell? Reach out and let’s talk.

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People | Opinions

Tam Hawkins

President & CEO Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

“Leslie was an affable speaker that connected with our audience immediately. She maintained an approachable, easy going-demeanor while also encompassing a fiercely commanding dynamic as the expert. 
As a speaker who understands how to connect with her audience, Leslie brings about a palpable call to action.  You are left inspired and ready to implement change.

Janet Zaretsky

TEDX & Keynote Speaker, Author & The ‘BS-to-Brilliance’ Master Business Coach

“Leslie ‘Badass’ Wingo is authentic and has a profound important message. As a speaker, she engages you from the start and you feel as if you are her friend, the one who tells it like it is and makes you think! I have had the privilege of hearing here keynote as well as be a panelist. As a panelist, she elevates the conversation and allows everyone to make a important contribution to the topic. Leslie, as a speaker, is always an asset to whatever organization she speaks to.”

Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon

Director of Communications & Community Accountability E3 Alliance

“Leslie Wingo is smart and courageous.  She doesn’t back down from tough and challenging issues, and is able to talk about them in smart, clear and humorous ways.  As a mother, a CEO, a friend and a community member, Leslie tackles issues we all grapple with and helps the audience to see them from others perspectives. She is a natural keynote speaker, moderator and panelist, and is an asset in any conversation.”