Leslie Danziger is one of the first women entrepreneurs in solar energy manufacturing. She cofounded two solar companies: LightPath Technologies (http://www.lightpath.com )which as Chairman and CEO, she later repositioned as an optical technologies developer/manufacturer and took it public in 1996; and Solaria Corporation (http://www.solaria.com) in 1999, which is a developer and manufacturer of advanced solar modules and systems solutions. Her companies raised a combined total of over $300 million in private and public funding and employed hundreds of people.
Leslie began her career in documentary films working with Alaskan indigenous people to protect their subsistence rights. She produced films with funding from Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Alaska Humanities Forum, US Department of Interior, and State of Alaska.
Leslie holds two patents, was New Mexico Inventor of the Year, and was featured in Business Week and Wall Street Journal in 1997. In 2004, she worked with Susan Davis to create the Solar Circle, a network of experts in solar energy. She also served as the Chairman of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network in the late 1990s.
Leslie currently serves as Co-Chair with Hazel Henderson on the Ethical Markets Media (EMM) Advisory Board (http://www.ethicalmarkets.com) and is also working with EMM on an Accelerated Learning Program based on advances in brain science. She serves on the Advisory Boards of: Equal Access http://www.equalaccess.org which she co-initiated in 1999; WorldBlu http://www.worldblu.com; TreeSisters http://www.treesisters.com and is a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, an OxFam Initiative http://www.oxfamamerica.org.
Leslie’s lifelong interest is to work to transform finance and energy systems and to restore ethics in business decisionmaking to enable a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Leslie is a longtime meditator and is dedicated to her spiritual practice and to serving others.
She holds two patents, was named the New Mexico Inventor of the Year and has been featured in Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. In 2004, she worked with Susan Davis to help form The Solar Circle, a network of some of the world’s leading experts in solar energy to strategize, plan and launch initiatives to bring solar energy to the world.
She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Ethical Markets Media (http://www.ethicalmarkets.com), Equal Access (www.equalaccess.org), World Blu (http://www.worldblu.com) and is a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, an OxFam Initiative (http://www.oxfamamerica.org).
Leslie’s first career was as a documentary filmmaker, primarily in Alaska, living and working with various indigenous tribes to help communicate the importance of their indigenous subsistent resources to their culture. She produced films with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Alaska.
Leslie’s lifelong passion is to work to achieve environmental and economic sustainability and to restore moral and ethical standards in business and government decision-making.
Leslie is an avid meditator and is dedicated to serving others. She loves animals and living in nature.