Leslie Forman

International Careers

making sense of my mess December 15, 2014

How I’m Making Sense of the Mess That is My Book-in-Progress

This book helped. It’s concise. It teaches you how to organize messy information of all kinds, without using jargon like “information architecture” or “user experience” or “wireframe” or any of the other tricky-to-explain phrases I’ve learned over the past few months.

San Francisco Bay on a beautiful day October 15, 2014

Moving Home After Living Abroad: 4 Tips for Re-Entry

This is not my first experience with re-entry. I’ve experienced two severe bouts of reverse culture shock over the years, along with many milder ones. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

Local-fluency-ficha February 12, 2014

Notes on “Creating a Global Career” with NOBLE

“People either want to go internationally or not. That’s not as big a part of the decision, it’s usually how to make it work and decide how you’re going to make it happen.”

October 3, 2013

Working Abroad? How to Give a Presentation in the Local Language

This post originally appeared on The Daily Muse. Even if you’ve been working abroad for a while, and you feel comfortable getting around the city and chatting with colleagues, there’s something incredibly intimidating about being invited to give a formal presentation in your second (or third) language. Take it from me: The first week I […]

August 21, 2012

Needfinding for the Global Citizen

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m studying Diplomado en Creatividad e Innovación, a new program in the design school of one of Chile’s best universities. It’s a night-and-weekend class with a diverse group of students. The class has several different modules, each with a different teacher. We just finished a section on needfinding. […]

March 8, 2012

How Studying Chinese Complicates My Impression of International Women’s Day

First of all, check out my brother’s project. The ZBoard: The Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard. On Kickstarter! It’s so amazing to see how many people have already backed the project. Keep up the good work, Ben! Today is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is not a holiday that I grew up celebrating. I first celebrated […]

January 30, 2012

Larry Summers is Wrong: Why Learning Multiple Languages is So Valuable

Today’s New York Times features a Room for Debate section about the need to learn multiple languages. Six panelists, including author Stacie Berdan, agree that it is crucial to learn more than one language to operate in the new, globalized world. They all refute an assertion by Lawrence Summers, former president of Harvard University and former […]