Board Chair In Memoriam
It was the vision of Leslie J. Sacks, the founder and seed funder of Women's Voices Now, that sparked our first project, Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. Leslie was a Los Angeles-based art dealer and an active fundraiser and promoter of charitable organizations and causes, in particular those areas promoting moderate Islam, including the advancement of women’s rights.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Sacks earned degrees in both psychology and computer science from the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa. Leslie was integral in the development of WVN not only through his generous donations, but also through his invaluable support, advice, and encouragement.
Sadly, Leslie Sacks died in 2013 at the age of 61, following an extraordinarily valiant decade-long battle with cancer. Women's Voices Now is honored to carry on in his stead.
A brilliant orator, a master of words, Leslie will be remembered for his giving nature, his optimism, his sense of humor, his laugh; his strong opinions always with good reasoning, his unwavering devotion to solving the problems of others, his sensitivity and compassion; his resolute moral compass, his courage and conviction to improve, his generosity and kindness, his untiring quest for justice; and all of humanity. Through his galleries which continue to house his profound and impassioned collection of art, through his writings, and through memories in the hearts and minds of all those he loved, his legacy shall last forever.