Léonie Weerakoon

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Léonie received a double B.A., in Fashion Design, and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin after relocating highest in her class from Luxembourg. She began her career at 16, as a designer, and a teacher at a learning center. Here she discovered her instinct for operations and strategy development leading her to single handedly generate +$31M in under 9 months as the first employee of F1 US.

Shortly after, at 24, Léonie formed Santebien Consulting where she directed operations, strategy and strategic partnerships leading growth teams in various sectors for clients including Whole Foods, Formula 1 and Pirelli.

After working predominantly in male dominated industries Léonie recognized her lack of female mentorship in the workplace and dedicated more time to philanthropic programs supporting women owned businesses, and women empowerment solutions. Ultimately, moving to D.C. to pursue a career in International Development and Education, and formed her passion project 'BEAM' - a career matchmaking virtual mentorship platform.

By 2018, Léonie worked with 18+ companies, gaining insight to 42, of which 3 were acquired. She was founding member of 8 companies, on the board of various non-profits and dedicated 1 month of every year to volunteer her expertise and time to missions of interest. Léonie relocated to NYC to lead Business Development & Strategy at a venture fund where she currently resides.

Originally growing up between Austin,TX, Sri Lanka, and Luxembourg, Léonie grew up intercontinental. And, serves as an advisor for startups in education and technology. In her free time, she designs, seeks adventure travel where she has explored 32 countries with the dream of someday reaching 190+. She is fluent in 4 languages, lives in the East Village and seeks opportunities to boost our planet's eco-system and health through education and investing in tech and AI.

Santebien Consulting, founded in 2012, capitalizes on 15 years of business development, global urban development, business operations analysis, sponsorship sales, contract negotiation and various solutions to advise C-suite of startups, non-profits, and enterprises across multiple verticals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Central America.

Advanced solutions include helping emerging companies/projects with:

  • Ideation
  • Revenue Growth
  • Operations
  • Strategic planning
  • Financial planning
  • Project implementation
  • Strategic marketing
  • Qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis
  • Standardized processes
  • Business intelligence
  • Project management
  • Competitive landscape analysis
  • Branding
  • Social media
  • Raising capital
  • Sales; transactional, enterprise, partnerships, sponsorships, relationship building

Santebien Consulting has generated over $500 Million via Sales and Strategic Development. The team puts together outbound sales engines to determine viability fit and sell products to market by offering interim CEO, fractional CMO packages at a fraction of the cost and time.

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  • In less than 30 days
  • Market validation
  • Build your brand

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  • Optimize your business
  • Accelerate growth

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  • Review
  • Revise
  • Remarket
  • Renew business and growth

BEAM : Business Education Advancement through Mentorship is a career matchmaking and virtual mentorship platform founded by Léonie Weerakoon. BEAM focuses on reforming education through unconventional mentorship leading the path to passion discovery and long-term holistic lives and happy careers. The program prepares students and workers of all levels of profession to identify industry and role deal breakers prior to pursuing their careers or overspending on their education. In addition their assessments promote passion discovery and give insight to various professions across 33 industries.

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Speaking Topics:

Business Growth
Passion Discovery
Pursuing Your Purpose
Declutter Yourself
Art & Design

I've had the pleasure of working with:

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Whole Foods Market

Food & Beverage E-commerce

Business Analysis & Partnerships

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Venture Capital

Business Development & Strategy

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Oil & Energy E-Commerce

Business Development & Growth

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Mercury Mambo

Experiential Marketing

Field Marketing & Research Analysis

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Formula 1

The highest class of single-seater auto racing.

Business Development & Events

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Fintech SAAS

Business Development & Strategy

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Ladies America

International Development | Women Helping Women

Formed first International Program to support sustainable development in Nepal

Initiative Development

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Red Bull

Events & Strategic Partnerships

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EdTech E-Commerce


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Language Learning SAAS

Business Development & Strategy

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Circuit of The Americas

Motorsports Facility

Partnerships, Sales, Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, Customer Success, Events, Brand Development

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#1 rated Major Sports VIP Events

Operations, Growth, Event Production

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Linda Asaf

Fashion & Design

Illustration & Event Production

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Partnerships & Major Events

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Chali Project

Sustainable Agriculture

Dominican Republic

Brand and Initiative Development

I'm ready to create effective solutions, work on philanthropic endeavors, brain storm, travel the world, design plans and even the next luxe outfit to walk the runway.


Ideate | Build your brand | Get New Business | Need advice | Design