Leisa’s life got off to a rocky start, when an ‘e’ accidentally fell into her name at birth. But she’s never let it hold her back. In 2001 her advertising career began in earnest – correction, it began in Cannes. She was there to take on the world and when she was done kicking ‘les cul’ and taking ‘les noms’, she returned to New Zealand and her first full time creative role.
Over the 18 years since then, Leisa has turned her hand to everything from brand campaigns for American Express in New York, to Family Violence in New Zealand. From training Pukekos to paint, to training men to check their balls.
An avid collector, Leisa has business cards from Ogilvy, Lowe Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and FCB, where Leisa has led the way for the last 10 years. She’s also amassed an impressive array of paperweights from Axis, Cannes, D&AD, AWARD, One Show, Spikes and was once voted “Most likely to be really really good at advertising”.
At work, she proudly bears the title of executive creative director. But at home, that doesn’t carry much weight with her two young employees, Maemi and Lola. Instead they refer to her as CMO, or Chief Mummy Officer.