Lesly Simmons


Speaking & Industry

Experiential | Community | Philanthropy


Lesly Simmons is a technology marketing expert and currently Head of Community Innovation at Amazon, leading strategic partnerships and engagement for generative AI and ML programs. Lesly previously led event programming and content for Amazon Ads, Twitter, and Oculus, combining storytelling and experiential to connect brands with audiences around the world for more than a decade. She lives with her family in San Francisco and was appointed as Commissioner for the city in 2022 in recognition of her work to improve maternal, child and family health. Lesly is the creator of The Dollhouse Project, which produces experiences for children and families.



Spotlight speaker: Gathering with Purpose, c2, montreal canada

Forbes Travel Summit, Las Vegas

Advisory Board Judge, BIZBASH 11th Annual Event Experience Awards


Keynote, The Future is Experiential, IBTMWorld, Barcelona Spain

Executive Speaker Coach, TED AI, San Francisco

Panelist, The AI Revolution, Connect eTourism Summit, San Francisco, CA

Panelist, Creating Events with Empathy, VDA, Virtual

Keynote, Building Durable Brands, eTourism Summit, Las Vegas

Industry juror, XPLand XLIST Best of Experiential and Events


Panelist, The Future of Events, Cannes Festival of Creativity, Cannes, France

Guest Lecturer, American University School of Communications, Virtual


Panelist, From Black Burnout to Black Joy, Female Quotient, Virtual

Presenter, Creating Content for Virtual Events, Splash, Virtual