“I was searching for a networking group that highlighted the positive support of women, but I couldn’t find one. So I took the initiative to found this one,” says Leslie Harris of Women On The Move, Inc., which boasts more than 15,000 members, and aims to empower and educate members of the fair sex in all their endeavors. A registered nurse by day, Leslie also co-hosts the year-old network’s companion BlogTalkRadio show, launched in April. Women On The Move has since welcomed guests ranging from The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Lisa Wu-Hartwell to actress Porscha Coleman to model LaShawnna Stanley to fitness guru Michael Gonzalez-Wallace. And on that diverse note, please put your hands together for this week’s SoundBits subject, coming to you live from her home in Boynton Beach, Fla., in all her networking glory…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
Women On The Move is all about bringing important topics, people and things to the attention of our listeners. Whether we’re featuring interesting businesses and business owners on “Minding Our Business,” books and authors on “Worth Reading,” or stories on “The Round Table,” we deliver honest, entertaining and educational information. We are everyday people from all walks of life, and we try to approach each topic from a perspective that everyone can relate to. We also (in between arguing) have fun. And we realize that there’s no right or wrong answer or point of view. Most of all, as a lot of our information is now coming from the internet, and we want to help give regular people an opportunity to be heard.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m from Fort Wayne, Ind., and a huge basketball fan. I actually played hoops until tearing my anterior cruciate ligament and ending up having surgery to repair it. It might also surprise our listeners to know that I have a genius IQ. I think sometimes they probably think I’m the biggest idiot on the planet-given some of the things I say on the show. But I’m actually very interested in a lot of things, and know a little about most things.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
I’m going to have to join the ranks of millions of others broadcasters and say it’s Oprah Winfrey. Over the past 25 years, Oprah has entertained, educated and informed us unlike anyone on the planet.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
President George W. Bush. You either loved him or you hated him. Not very many people in the middle. He made some decisions during his terms that could not have been easy, and I would love to discuss that with him. He has also done a lot of great things that no one talks about. I’d like to personally applaud him for his contributions to AIDS research and poverty eradication.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
A New York University T-shirt and shorts. I figure if I’m going to give NYU so much money for my daughter’s education, I may as well show my support!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
I’m too embarrassed to tell you the strangest thing, so I’ll tell you the second strangest: I gave my Yorkie, Misa, a bath during an interview. I’d taken her out to potty, and since she has long hair, it got stuck to her and she smelled to high heaven. I had to clean her immediately.
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