Has devoted her entire career to building and strengthening businesses and creating environments where talented people can excel. Leslie understood from the beginning that differentiation and consistency are crucial to thriving in a competitive business climate.
Leslie developed these skills by cultivating a culture that fostered teamwork, comradery, and retained her employees twice as long as the industry standard. Finding, hiring, and retaining the right people is the secret sauce to building a solid foundation and the winning ingredient needed to succeed wildly!
Leslie launched her first start-up organization thirty years ago to bring a different service paradigm to the recruiting and staffing industry. Her prior company became a $20 million dollar company, won numerous awards including “First Place in Best Places to Work” and 11th place for Women Owned Businesses in the U.S.” Leslie McIntyre-Tavella is a progressive leader and entrepreneur, one comfortable collaborating and engaging with C-Suite executives in a wide range of industries. She has held leadership and membership roles in various industry groups including a board position at Dress for Success and the Chairman for the CT ASA Chapter, and has written for several periodicals and magazines.
Leslie also has a sharp sense of strategy and business acumen in managing change. She saw when it was time to execute a profitable exit strategy, something she did in 2016 with the sale of her prior firm. Leslie realized that there was still a big gap in educating firms on operational excellence, the need for a strong HR foundation, the importance of talent acquisition, and training your leadership team.
After three years away from the staffing industry Leslie realized that her perspective had shifted and showed her different insights as to where the gaps are today in recruitment and talent optimization. At this time, with all that is going on in the world, Leslie is tackling a new start-up focusing on client engagement, new customer acquisition, and teaching firms how to optimize their talent pipeline.
When Leslie is not spending time innovating and addressing clients’ needs, she is spending time renovating homes, condos, and office buildings. She loves taking something that is shabby and rundown and repurposing it back to life. Leslie just finished her 13th renovation; a farmhouse and barn where she currently resides. Leslie loves her community of Fairfield and looks forward to continuing her work in the community and with non-profit groups. Leslie is a voracious reader and has read over 300 business books. When time permits, she can be found hitting the trails at Stratton Mountain where she is a black diamond skier. Leslie is a big-time lover of Goldendoodles, black coffee, gardening and thoroughly enjoys time with her family and close friends.