President of the Board
Leslie Thompson was born in Dublin to Pat and Rita Curran also from Dublin. She is the eldest of four sisters and one brother, all of whom reside in Ireland. She studied Electronics at Kevin Street College of Technology, Computer Maintenance at FAS Ireland, and Radio and Studio Operations at Ballyfermot Senior College. She joined Intel Ireland in 1993 and in 1995 she took an assignment at Intel’s Chandler location. She has had various roles in wafer fabrication, technology transfer, IOT, human resources, corporate affairs and as a manager. She is currently the People Systems Director in the Technology Development Automation group.
Leslie is a global, strategic, and empathetic leader with a passion for developing people and teams that deliver extraordinary business results. She has extensive experience in developing teams to achieve their best, leading organizations through change, enabling workforce capability, achieving Inclusion goals, improving human performance effectiveness, documenting policies and specifications, ramping technology transfer programs, maintaining training systems, completing ISO 9000 audits, and delivering continuous process improvements. Leslie met her husband, Hal, at Intel and they have one daughter Sali.
She is passionate about helping others and has volunteered in many NP organizations as a consultant and board member. She is a founding member of
Chandler Tullamore Sister Cities and is also a member of INAZ (Irish Network Arizona). During the COVID pandemic she led the lifesaving work the ICLF did in support of the Navajo Nation which resulted in a Presidential Distinguished Service Award. She enjoys teaching STEM activities, with an emphasis on young girls in technology, and being the “announcer” at many of Sali’s Rodeo events. She sings and plays the guitar and loves a good session! Her recent awards include Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year 2020 and the Intel Quality Award 2021.
Leslie is very honored to be the ICLF President. Her wish is to build on the rich legacy of the founders to lead the strategic plan for future generations of the AZ Irish Community!