Leslie Short


Leslie is the Owner and CEO of K.I.M. Media LLC, a multi-media agency that specializes in Branding, Events, Design and Weddings. K.I.M. Media is the winner of several Wedding and Event awards. Her client roster spans the world of sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyle brands.  Leslie has over 25 years of domestic and International marketing - branding experience. Leslie also founded Ascend Bereavement Management (ABM), a company designed to help alleviate the burden of families having to handle the business aspects of losing a loved one. As well as a certified Mediator with focus in Elder/Adult family and Faith-based mediation Leslie is also COO and & Head of Special Projects for The Shark Group, which is the branding & marketing company of ABC-Shark Tank star, Daymond John. Leslie is COO of blueprint +co. A creative executive shared workspace in NYC curated by Daymond John. Leslie spent 10 years as the President of Marketing, Advertising & PR for FUBU The Collection and FB Entertainment. Working alongside Daymond John and his 3 partners. In addition to being an active leader in New York's business community. Leslie has been recognized for her achievements by various organizations. In 2003, she was honored by Ebony as the Outstanding Woman in Marketing & Communications, and by Today’s Black Woman Magazine with the Today’s Black Woman & New Day Associates Award. Leslie was selected as a” Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal for 2016. Leslie is a member of the North America Advisory board for the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council. Leslie also authored a chapter of Inside the Minds: Marketing Benchmarks for Success, with Aspatore Books, and contributed her insights to the college textbook, Marketing, 9th Edition and Marketing: The Core 3rd Edition. Advisory Board & Board Membership • Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation - USA • Ideagen: World’s Leading Companies, NGO’s & Public Sector Summits • The Brooklyn Hospital Center Pastoral Care • Hofstra University Pastoral Care: Protestant Campus Ministry • Ambassador YMCA, Brooklyn, NY Charitable Initiatives • UN Women’s Empowerment (Washington, D.C.) - Participant • UN Influencer Roundtable on AIDS hosted by Charlize Theron (Washington, D.C.) - Participant • Ideagen (Washington, D.C., NY, NY) – Summit Facilitator • Bowery Mission (New York, NY) - Speaker • New York State Chaplain Task Force - Chaplain/Instructor   • Montefiore Children’s Hospital (Bronx, NY) - Producer for Annual Prom • Academy First Charter School (Brooklyn, NY) - Producer for Annual 8th Grade Prom • Starkey Hearing Foundation: Hearing Mission Toluca, Mexico


Embrace Change. Push yourself. Never Stop Learning. 
In this session, Leslie will set the tone for the day and share what she's learned in her career in events. Working with people like Daymond John from Shark Tank and many more, her insights on staying innovative in our industry are important. You won't want to miss this first session!