Co-Founder of Bespoken

I'm co-founder of Bespoken, a coaching firm based in New York dedicated to helping professionals and entrepreneurs speak with conviction and communicate with confidence. I'm passionate about empowering people to own their voice and speak without apology.

WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: I'm a #BikeNYC commuter and it brings me daily joy. It's interactive, exhausting and unpredictable—like New York.

HER BEAUTY: I chopped off thick, long, black hair and dyed it platinum blonde—it instantly changed my perception of the world and how I fit into it.

A LADY SHE ADMIRES: The late, great Elaine Stritch. She never shied away from taking up space and putting herself out there. Talk about a distinctive voice!

HER 2016 GOALS: I'm participating in the WNYC #InfoMagical challenge this week in order to multitask less, focus more and do away with information overload. It feels great already!

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NOMINATED BY: Katie McKenna

WHY SHE’S A LADY GUN: "Leah is one of the most loving, driven and dynamic women that I know. She has worked as a theater director for many years, with great success, but she realized that she wanted to do more with her talent - so she and her friend Jackie Miller (another amazing woman) started a company called Bespoken. At Bespoken they work with people in all walks of life to tell their story more confidently by using theatrical techniques. They have a specific focus on working with female entrepreneurs to help them tell the story of their start-ups authentically and confidently. Leah is a person who lives to build other people up - in my mind she is the definition of a Lady Gun - a woman who uses her strength to make others stronger!"


HER INITIAL REACTION TO HER LADY GUNS NOMINATION: I'm honored to be included among all these bad ass Lady Guns (especially Katie McKenna -- I'd follow her fierce footsteps to the end of the earth).

RECOMMENDATIONS IN HER CITY: 

Transportation Alternatives -- Endlessly fighting to make the city streets safer

Harefield Road - The best bar in the world

Battery Harris - Weekend dance parties and a frozen dark 'n' stormy that is a thing of dreams

ON ACKNOWLEDGING FEAR: I struggled with anxiety for years before realizing that it was the isolation -- not the anxiety itself -- that was the crippling force for me. Once I started talking about it and looking at it closely, it slowly started to deflate. I was shocked to learn that some of the strongest women I know struggle with [anxiety] -- acknowledging the fear took away its power.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: We're here for just a tiny fragment of time -- go out and create the world you want to live in.

Follow her on Instagram: @leahbonvissuto