Leslie Gordon

Leslie Gordon is a believer. She believes in the power of the human spirit. She believes that surrounding oneself with smart, vibrant people provides opportunities for growth, encouragement and uplift at every turn. She believes that through her writing, she is but a vessel from which inspiration flows.

Leslie was hired to write a non-fiction book entitled, Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons From African American Fathers. The book, released June 2013, features some of the country’s most successful men and women—from broadcast journalist, Robin Roberts to business magnate, Russell Simmons; from the first African American female kidney transplant surgeon, Dr. Velma Scantlebury to philanthropist and New York Knicks assistant general manager, Allan Houston. Leslie believes without question that the opportunity to write the very personal, poignant stories of twenty extraordinary people and the lessons they learned from their fathers is, in a word, divine.

 

Raised in Chicago and on the Big Island of Hawaii, Leslie has long been an accomplished writer and communications executive. She writes feature articles and blog posts for her ever-popular website, lesliewrites.com, which she launched in 2003, and fitness articles for a national magazine. She also writes speeches for corporate executives and powerful female entrepreneurs. Leslie has interviewed many fascinating people from actress, producer and director, Angela Bassett to actor and philanthropist, Isaiah Washington; from philanthropist and former NBA champion Alonzo Mourning to Chicago Cubs owner and University of Chicago alumnus, Tom Ricketts.

In 2010, Leslie founded LeslieWrites, LLC, a communications consulting practice where she serves as public relations and brand strategist for clients in Chicago, New York and Detroit. As a PR and marketing executive with more than twenty years of experience, she has held positions in both for-profit and non-profit environments. Prior to forming LeslieWrites, LLC, Leslie led the external affairs practice for the Chicago Urban League as senior vice president. She also served as vice president and group director for Burrell Communications where she used her engagement marketing and relationship building expertise to develop creative, strategic programs for such blue chip brands as McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Allstate and Walt Disney World.

Always a creative and critical thinker, Leslie served as executive director of communications & creative services for the University of Chicago’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations where she was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive marketing, PR and alumni relations strategies for the university’s $2 billion capital campaign and critical fund-raising initiatives. She also served as vice president and account director of Edelman Worldwide where she managed the Bayer Health and Korbel Champagne/Brown-Forman accounts.

Leslie earned a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois. She has lived in Fabriano, Italy, Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo, Japan and maintains a longstanding love affair with and appreciation for different cultures and societies. She is a proud member of The Renaissance Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an avid runner having completed eleven marathons (26.2 miles) and ten half-marathons (13.1 miles). Leslie is married to Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon, and together they have three amazing children. She loves to spend time with her family and when she’s not with them, you can find her either at the gym lifting weights or outdoors running, thinking and believing—that she can accomplish anything in this lifetime with common sense, solid relationships and a sexy pair of Christian Louboutins.