Leslie is a writer, publicist in suburban Chicago and the mom of an amazing 22-year-son and equally amazing 27-year-old daughter. Her articles have been published in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She is the author of three nonfiction books including Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home? Simple Advice for Settling In After You Move (McGraw-Hill), Ice Cream for Breakfast: If You Follow All the Rules, You Miss Half the Fun (McGraw-Hill), and Wish It, Dream It, Do It: Turn the Life You’re Living into the Life You Want (Simon & Schuster). Leslie earned her B.A. in English/Humanities from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.S. in technical writing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.B.A. in marketing from Marymount University. Occasionally, Leslie gets to leave her office to speak about writing and communications and volunteer at the IL Holocaust Museum, JourneyCare Hospice, and in the magnificent greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Garden. . She also spent time as a substitute teacher, but basically her school days are over. Still, whenever Leslie is asked to speak to students she is delighted though walking through the halls of any high school makes her nervous. Leslie is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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