About Leslie Waters

Contact Leslie Waters:

LESLIE left727-399-9968 | leslie-waters@tampabay.rr.com
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Leslie Waters Bio:

City of Birth – Gulfport, Florida
High School – Boca Ciega High School
Church – Pasadena Community Church


Florida State University, B.S., M.S.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Pinellas County Sheriffs Citizen Academy
City of Seminole Citizens Academy

Business Career:

Allstate Insurance Company, 29 year career – Human Resources management and  Government and Strategic  Relations.
Leslie Waters Government Relations – since 2006

The Florida Legislature (1998-2006):

Speaker Pro-Tempore
Chairman, House Insurance Committee
Chairman, House Transportation of Economic Development Appropriations Committee
Co-Chair, Joint Select Committee on Hurricane Insurance & Risks in Florida

The City of Seminole:

Councilor, elected in 2009
Vice Mayor, Interim-Mayor
Mayor, since 2013
Pinellas County Mayor’s Council
Suncoast League of Cities
Florida League of Cities
Florida League of Mayors

Leslie Waters Government Relations Consulting:

Lobbying experience in D.C. and Tallahassee, Florida
Key Note presentations and/ or Workshops:
“How to Advocate your Government…from City Hall to the Halls of Congress”
“Campaigning to Win” and “One-on-One Campaign Coaching”
“How to Support Political Candidate”
“Listen-Up – Communication Skills”
American Flag Etiquette – Rules and Regulations
Love of Country…Respect of Veterans…Support of Troops
The Doolittle Raiders of WWII
The Fly Girls of WWII
General “Chesty” Puller – A Man’s Man, a Marine’s Marine (Korean War era)
Nurses of Vietnam

International Republican Institute (IRI), Washington D.C.:

Enhancing Democracy Worldwide, Consultant/Facilitator
Indonesia – “How to be Effective Members of Parliament”
Burmese Political Exiles in India/Thailand – “Team Building and Dispute Resolution”
Sri Lanka – “How to Advocate Your Government”
Casablanca, Morocco & Cairo Egypt – “Campaign Workshops for Egyptian Women”
Amman, Jordan – “How to be Effective Local Government Officials”
Juba, Southern Sudan – “ How to Develop a Gender-Sensitive Legislative Agenda in Southern Sudan”
Bosnia and Herzegovina -  Republic of Serbia, Sarajevo, Banja Luka – “Effective Communications and Coalitions”
Hargeisa, Somaliland – consulted with newly elected local officials
Chisinau, Moldova – “Women in Leadership”
Tbilisi, Georgia – Women’s Political Leadership Academy, Ukraine, Moldovan & Georgian leaders
Women’s Democracy Network Council, Member, an initiative of IRI, Washington DC, since 2013

Adjunct Political Science Professor:

University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Eckerd College

Commitment to the Community:

Current involvement:
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, “2014 Women of Distinction”
Florida League of Cities, Legislative Advocacy – designated “Home Rule Hero” over many years.
VFW-A #9272
PEMHS Mental Health Board of Directors
Pinellas County Urban League Guild
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Advisory Board
Florida Farm Bureau, Pinellas Chapter, Board of Directors
Largo-Mid Pinellas Chamber of Commerce – Inspire Award,” 2010
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Finalist, “Women with Vision,” 2012
Seminole Historical Society
Seminole Friends of the Library
Greater Seminole Chamber of Commerce
SPC-Seminole Student Veterans Association, Honorary Member