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Leslie Forman
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Here's my latest post, where I confess to an addiction. To my phone! Must. Turn. It. Off. Seriously,  it's a constant struggle. Disconnecting takes courage... and primes the brain for rest and new possibilities. 
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Looking back on 2014, with snapshots from Chile and California. 
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"UX and storytelling have converged. I believe they will live happily ever after." 
Storytelling and user experience can no longer be treated separately, Adam Kleinberg writes. Here's how to integrate storytelling into user design.
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This week I've made real progress on the long form version of this. I've met lots of people in my target audience and I've started to edit down the many pages of transcripts, emails, blog posts, etc. Thank you +Erin Kurup for your encouragement!! :) 
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Yay! So glad to hear that :)
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Thank you! I've loved watching your evolution too! :) 
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Calling all tech entrepreneurs! My colleague Katherina Kuschel is doing amazing work and wants to hear your stories. She's especially interested in women. 
 
It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey. Please answer all questions according to how things are around you, and not how they should be.
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Last night I attended an incredible event at Stanford about Chile-California connections and the potential for collaboration. So much fun to reconnect with Chile and chat about technology, innovation and so much more.

Here are my notes.
What is innovation? How best to create the conditions in which innovation thrives? How might this work in Chilean companies?These are big questions, and we had the great privilege to discuss them all last night at an event organized by the Chile California Council.Ivan Vera’s Club de Innovacion brought 28 Chilean executives to Silicon Valley to explore possibilities for intrapreneurship and innovation. Along with visits to Google, SRI and a biote...
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3165 words today for the book-in-progress. They are rough notes transcribed from various journals (I kept them all, even as I left behind piles of clothes, books, shoes and other stuff every time I moved. Priorities!)

I'm seeing clear themes: career angst and uncertainty, insomnia and soreness, questions about men, distinct joy in meeting people face-to-face in classrooms and special events.

Lots of fun details too: the German manager at that plastics company in Beijing (in 2010) commented that the security guards take care of the roses and kittens around the building... translating a super-technical Q&A about molten salt storage for solar power plants (in 2011) was exhausting but I felt so useful... 

In reading this, I notice that my kind of productivity is all about talking and listening, face to face, especially when it transcends the jargon and insider shorthand of "business as usual." 
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Today I read a super helpful book. I recommend it to anyone who's tackling a mess, especially one that's about organizing complex information into something meaningful and understandable. 

I read most of it while on the bus to and from a gingerbread house decorating party (while dressed in a Santa hat and bedazzled snowman sweatshirt... gotta get in the spirit!) Seriously, a book about information architecture was concise and fun enough to read on public transit — that says a lot!
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I'm at General Assembly's #realtalk event about diversity and +Brynn Evans​ says "the more perspectives that are on a team, the more effective it is... " (she designed Google+! That is why I am posting this here.) 
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I must say that #xxux throws the most compelling and interesting tech events I've been to since I moved back to SF after living abroad for 8 of the past 10 years. And never ever have I been asked to illustrate my re-imagination of "the bases" of dating in polite professional community, until XX+UX. My illustrations are obscene! But they definitely broke the ice in conversation with fellow women in User Experience Design. Thank you +Brynn Evans​ for opening this conversation. 
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+Siva Rajendran visited my social entrepreneurship class in Chile to talk about Totus Power. My students totally loved him and many wrote about him in their essays and exams. Congrats Shiv on launching on Indiegogo!! :) 
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This may be the first time I've ever been described as a "productivity expert" and I like it! Congrats +Dusti Arab on launching this practical course and guide for those of us that identify as Champion Idealists (ENFP on the Myers-Briggs, you know who you are!)
ENFProductivity is a class that helps you plan for your personality, not for how the status quo says you should.
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blogging, business development, content marketing, corporate social responsibility, design thinking, design research, international careers, interpretation, multilingual communications, public speaking, social entrepreneurship, social media, Spanish, translation, prototyping, user experience design, UX, workshop facilitation, and so much more.
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San Francisco
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Santiago, Chile - Beijing - San Francisco Bay Area - Shanghai - Berkeley - Menlo Park - Jiaxing - Beijing
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Design & Comms @BridgeCrestMed. Global citizen shaped by 8+ years in China and Chile. Passionate about #UX and helping people launch international careers.
Introduction
Powered by entrepreneurial spirit, my background is diverse. I’ve collaborated with global startups, taught business courses at the university level, written for multinational companies, and more — in Chile, China and California.

After eight years abroad, I moved back to my hometown, San Francisco, where I’ve joined BridgeCrest Medical to lead product design and brand communications.

I’m passionate about supporting fellow global citizens, especially those looking to live and work abroad.

Here’s my visual guide to international career opportunities, which I created in collaboration with Chilean illustrator Ignacio Barceló. I’m in the process of writing a book on this same topic.

In everything I do, I connect people and places and bring new ideas to life.

My work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Muse, Americas Quarterly, Brazen Careerist and The Huffington Post. I’ve been a featured speaker at UC Berkeley’s Career Center, MEC-U (Motivando el Emprendimiento en la Comunidad Universitaria — a government-backed entrepreneurship program for university students in Iquique, Chile) and dozens of classes and events in Chile and China.

For more details, I invite you to check out my LinkedIn profile.

Say hi and let me know how I can support you. Please feel free to email me directly at leslieforman [at] gmail [dot] com :)
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
    2002 - 2006
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
    2012 - 2012
  • General Assembly
    2014 - 2014
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