Leslie Shoemaker is an American from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who has resided in Ireland since 1992. Her career as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist has taken a variety of professional routes after completing her training in Trinity College Dublin. This includes maintaining a small private practice, co-founding and managing OCD Ireland for twelve years, lecturing in DIT/ Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) since 2001 and developing and running an award-winning mentoring program, ESTeEM, for female STEM and apprenticeship students in TU Dublin. In 2021 Salesforce provided the funding for the Saer Mentoring program in TU Dublin, and Leslie was the Academic Lead. The purpose of the two-year initiative was to teach mentoring skills to professionals and to assist students from underrepresented groups with their early career mentoring.