Hi, and welcome!

I’m Leslie. Here’s what I love to do:

Leslie Forman. This is what I love to do.

Powered by entrepreneurial spirit and 8+ years of global experience, I can help you sell your biggest ideas.

I make technical concepts accessible through precise questions, interactive examples, and remarkable stories.

As a teacher of entrepreneurship with a focus on design thinking, I’ve used a wide range of tools to navigate ambiguity and facilitate understanding.

My background is diverse: I’ve collaborated with global startups, taught business courses at the university level, written for multinational companies, and more — in Chile, China and California.

Having recently moved back to my hometown, San Francisco, I’m looking to join a dynamic team with global ambitions. Here’s my resume. Feel free to contact me directly: leslie.forman [at] gmail [dot] com.


Leslie Forman's recent projects

Bridgecrest’s Employee Portal: UX/UI for Health and Safety Monitoring App

Nathan Klarer, Co-Founder and CEO of Bridgecrest, approached General Assembly for help designing the user experience of his company’s new product, the Employee Portal. Bridgecrest offers mobile health solutions to track employee health and safety, especially for mining and oil & gas companies in remote locations.

In collaboration with my classmate Brenda Chen (a biomedical engineer with a Ph.D from Columbia University) during General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive, we defined the challenge, researched the context, and designed the following solution — all in three weeks.


iPad App Concept for Scholastic: ReadLeader

ReadLeader cover image
Click here to read the full case study.


How to Create Your International Career

Based on my 8+ years of global work experience, I created this visual guide to international career opportunities. I partnered with Chilean illustrator Ignacio Barceló, and described our collaboration on his site. 

Click here to browse through all the articles I’ve written to share international career advice and stories from China, Chile and beyond.


Translation: Chile’s National Innovation Policy 2010-2014

I translated Chile’s National Innovation Policy 2010-2014 from Spanish to English, as part of the ReForce Communications team. The Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism’s Innovation Division hired our team to redesign core documents and showcase a wide range of programs to promote entrepreneurship, global connections, intellectual property rights, postgraduate education, scientific research, and more.

As a participant in Start-Up Chile and other publicly-funded innovation programs, I found it especially gratifying to make these pioneering policies more accessible to the world beyond Chile.

This is a collage of photos from workshops that Leslie Forman led in Iquique, Chile.


 

In everything I do, I connect people and places and bring new ideas to life.

My work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Muse, Americas Quarterly, Brazen Careerist and The Huffington Post. I’ve been a featured speaker at UC Berkeley’s Career Center, MEC-U (Motivando el Emprendimiento en la Comunidad Universitaria — a government-backed entrepreneurship program for university students in Iquique, Chile) and dozens of classes and events in Chile and China.

For more details, I invite you to download my resume and check out my LinkedIn profile.

Say hi and let me know how I can support you.


colorful mural in valparaiso
This site is a work in progress, as it has been since it first launched in 2009. 
It’s traveled a long way, from Jiaxing (where I reflected on development economics, Wal-Mart, and the man in the fountain) to Mongolia (where I wrote about yanic symbols in architecture) to Easter Island (where I photographed a cemetery with a view) to Valparaiso (home of the mural you see here and inspiration for this Versa-Letter).

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