Strategic Content, Project Management
“Leslie has the coveted ability to adopt a writing voice based on the needs of the project: one day she may be profiling an influential business woman; the next, she may be writing a technical piece on cybersecurity prevention. My team relies on Leslie for thought leadership pieces, white papers, research and feature stories. She is dependable and creative; her work ethic and attention to deadline and details is appreciated.”
Crain Content Studio, Crain Communications
Feature Writing, Editing, Consulting
“I had the pleasure of working with Leslie for more than five years as Director of Global Communications for Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. We met when the Ford Fund was launching a new website to provide editorial coverage of our community work. We wanted the site to have a neutral voice — one that provided compelling, informative copy to a general audience.
“Leslie impressed me because of her journalistic credentials and no-nonsense approach to talking with people. She’s curious without being off-putting. She asks the right questions in the right way to dig out what she needs. And she is skilled at unearthing the details that make every story unique. When she is done reporting thoroughly, Leslie writes carefully and comprehensively. Because client audiences can vary, she is sensitive to details and nuances that may need to be flagged for review.
“I have also been impressed with Leslie’s editing skills. As an experienced reporter and writer, she knows what elements need to be expanded or enhanced. And she copy-edits with a sharp blade. Finally, Leslie is flexible, fast and a pleasure to work with. I would hire her again.”
Todd, Nissen, Director of Global Communications, Ford Motor Company Fund, 2014-2020
“With the many creative individuals I work with, for and around, Leslie is a gem. She has a very strong work ethic, a determination to get things done, and an impressive team mentally. She is well known for her great attitude, pleasant personality, and collaborative approach. Her specific talents as an editor and writer for us were rewarding as her expansive professional background quickly positioned her to lead one of our biggest content programs. Her leadership skills grew at a rapid pace in the last two years and I foresee her succeeding not only as the strong editor she already is, but also as a director.
“She reaches in deep to develop, plan and follow through each part of an assignment or project without ever losing a smile on her face. She is well respected throughout the agency, highly communicative and very professional. Throughout the time I’ve known her, she has delivered on every assignment she touched.
“I am sure that she would not let you down and would be as great an asset to your team as she has been to mine.”
Laura Rogers, Creative Director, Campbell Ewald
Editorial Director, Campbell Ewald
“Leslie provided editing services on my resume. She was extremely professional, timely and collaborative. She provided value-added feedback and was a pleasure to work with. I would strongly endorse her services.”
Arts & Culture
“Leslie’s years of experience editing a major daily have made her a diligent and extremely curious writer. Each project I’ve entrusted to Leslie is always returned with a creative angle, thoroughly fact-checked and with the precision punctuality indicative of a seasoned journalist.”
Communications Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
“As a freelance writer, I have had the privilege of Leslie’s editorial expertise at several publications. Her firm grasp of each publication’s editorial needs and her clear direction allows her to get the best work out of her freelancers.
She helped to hone my journalistic skills and has played a significant role in making me a better writer. I have had few other people in my career who have opened as many doors as she has, helping to launch and nurture my freelance writing business.”
JoAnn A., Freelance writer
News Writing & Editing
“Leslie has an unparalleled mix of skills as a communicator, writer and project manager. She’s an extremely creative writer and a problem-solver at large. She excels at high-level communications strategies but not at the expense of detail-oriented work and fact-checking. I highly endorse Leslie.”
Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business
“Leslie was such a pleasure to work with. I can’t say enough about her professionalism and diligence in getting the project completed, and in a timely manner. She brought quality ideas to the table and was good at walking us through the process from the beginning of the web design process to the end. Throughout, Leslie was responsive and detailed, a good indication of her commitment to making sure the finished product was of excellent quality. We were very satisfied with the end product and appreciative of the extra effort Leslie put in to ensure we knew how to administer the site. I would definitely recommend Wildemere Publishing and would use them again for any future related projects.”