Author, MBA, 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Broadcaster and Mother of Two
Lisa Leslie Bio
When the "face" of your sport is a Wilhelmina model, you know you're off to a good start. Lisa Leslie is undoubtedly the most-recognized player of both the WNBA and Team USA, who brought considerably more than a stunning visage and statuesque body to the court. Throughout her storied career Leslie was the absolute most dominant player in the women's game.
Leslie carried the gold-winning Team USA in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. With the 2008 gold medal, she became the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. In 2001, Leslie was the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. That same year she also led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, she became the WNBA all-time leading scorer, was named MVP of the regular season for the second year in a row in leading the Sparks to their first their first back-to-back championship, and shocked the world with the first slam-dunk in WNBA history. Leslie would go on to win her third MVP trophy of the WNBA in 2006. Leslie is the first woman to slam-dunk in a professional game.
Leslie authored her own book "Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You", in 2008. She became a commentator for ESPN in 2004, and has since been an in-studio sports analyst for ABC, Turner, Fox Sports Net, and NBC. Leslie most recently covered the 2012 Olympics for NBC and currently hosts the post-game show for the Lakers, "Sportszone", on ABC. 2010 marked another first for Leslie as she became the first WNBA player turned owner as Co-Owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. In 2012, she both received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and launched the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy. Leslie is the inaugural team captain for the new initiative of Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG), ASUG Leadership 2.0, inspiring leadership among technology and business thought leaders.
Leslie resides with her husband, Michael Lockwood, and two kids Lauren Jolie and Michael Joseph.