Lesley’s work has been recognized through the following awards:

Selected onto the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program, 2018

This programme will provide emerging African leaders from a range of backgrounds with the skills they need to create change. Through plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, technical trainings, and leadership development, this working group will aim to find ways to create and solve African-specific issues.

Recipient of the Emzingo LeaderShift Award, April 2017:

Emzingo views LeaderSHIFT as the lens through which an individual views personal leadership and embraces long-term responsible leadership by committing to working emzingo-logo-taglinealways in the right PLACE: Purpose-driven, Long-term focus, Authentic & Values-Based, Collaborative, Embraces change, uncertainty, and ambiguity

Recipient of the 2015 Unashamedly Ethical Award, Business Category

The event is aimed at honouring men, women and organisations who have exhibited excellent character and a commitment to ethical behaviour in a way that has positively impacted the lives of people around them or the communities within which they live or operate.

2011 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans

2011: Selected to Mail & Guardian Top 200 list of Young South AfricansM&G

Every year, the Mail & Guardian scours the country to find noteworthy and newsworthy young South Africans to profile in its annual 200 Young South Africans publication.

BP, 2041 Antarctic Exhibition

20142009: Selected as one of sixty international participants on a BP-2041 Antarctica Expedition focusing on climate change.

The mission of 2041 is to build personal leadership skills among people who choose to embrace the challenge of sustaining all forms of life – in their families, communities, organizations and the planet.