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, 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.

I recently moved back to my hometown, San Francisco. I’m passionate about supporting fellow global citizens, especially those looking to live and work abroad.

Here’s my visual guide to international career opportunities, which I created in collaboration with Chilean illustrator Ignacio Barceló. I’m in the process of writing a book on this same topic.

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

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 Medical, approached General Assembly for help designing the user experience of his company’s new product, the Employee Portal. Bridgecrest Medical 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.

Here’s the prototype we mention in the presentation.

iPad App Concept for Scholastic: ReadLeader

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

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 check out my LinkedIn profile.

Say hi and let me know how I can support you. Please feel free to email me directly at leslieforman [at] gmail [dot] com :)

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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