Leive was born in McLean, Virginia. Under Leive, Glamour has received a record number of editorial awards. Furthermore, Glamour's circulation has risen to its highest levels ever, with a rate base of 2.25 million.
Crain’s put Leive on its "Top 40 Under 40" list, and Leive was also named one of Gotham magazine’s most powerful women under 40 in New York. In 2006, Glamour was named for the first time on both Advertising Age’s "A-List" and Adweek’s "Hot List," each of which recognize strength in circulation, advertising pages, editorial excellence and industry acclaim.
Leive began her publishing career at Glamour, where she started as an editorial assistant, and worked alongside publishing legend, Ruth Whitney. Leive left Glamour eleven years later with the title Deputy Editor and joined Self magazine as Editor in Chief. During Leive's tenure, Self’s circulation increased by eleven percent.