Leslie has 28+ years of experience in public relations, including 13 years in Toronto, Canada, prior to relocating to the U.S. She designs PR campaigns that reach national and local decision-makers and has specialized brand-building expertise in strategic positioning, media relations, event planning, content development and social media marketing.
Leslie is an instrumental member of Akrete’s cannabis practice and serves on accounts including AllHemp, Byline Bank, Cannabis Facility Construction, Garden Remedies, MGO LLP and Mosaic Construction. Prior to joining Akrete, Leslie worked with several PR agencies on such blue-chip brands as Kraft, Tropicana, Hallmark and Jamba Juice.
Leslie is recognized as a strategic thinker, creative problem solver and meticulous editor who pays great attention to detail when planning special events, producing marketing collateral or securing coverage on her clients’ behalf. Her experience developing innovative communications strategy and executing successful media relations programs and events in the cannabis, CPG, retail, health, pharmaceutical, municipal and non-profit sectors have won her many awards and accolades.
Leslie earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science at York University in Toronto. If she’s not cooking a gourmet meal for her family of five, she can be seen walking to the Chicago Botanic Garden or at her kids’ hockey games.