First, you should know I love what I do. And appreciate that my words have reached tens of millions of readers.
As a freelance and consulting writer and editor, I cover health, relationships, personal finance, cryptocurrency, and other lifestyle topics and have reported on everything from dating advice, celebrity happenings, and NFTs to how to protect your hearing. My work has appeared in outlets from The Washington Post and Men’s Health to Eventbrite and Playboy, and I even contributed to U.S. News & World Report’s first ebook How to Live to 100. I’m a contributing writer for Business Insider and Gokhshtein Media and podcast host of “Market Mindset With Leslie Quander.” And I’m a consultant for other editorial projects and, most recently, formerly served as senior editor of Sisters From AARP, a website and weekly newsletter celebrating Black women, where I managed digital projects (including content development as well as social media events, strategy, and outreach), advised on crisis communications and communications with special populations, and advised on brand and content strategy.
Plus, I’m a coach, event host, and speaker, with a focus on teaching people about success and wellness strategies, how to leverage their voices to tell their stories, how to connect with diverse audiences, and how to pitch and work with media outlets.
I previously served as a staff writer and editor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of External Affairs. There, I managed and developed digital content for consumer and professional audiences, such as articles, blog posts, social media posts, and videos. This work included covering general topics and serving as an office lead for content for women and people of color as well as content on medical devices, tobacco products, and biologics (at various points).
I also served as the senior editor of Capitol File magazine, where I directed print and online projects as deputy to the editor-in-chief—and was a TV news guest between my interviews of celebrities and notables. Before that I was senior associate editor of AARP The Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world with 35 million readers, supervising editorial and social media projects on deadline and serving as a source for conference panels and media interviews.
Other professional skills to highlight? Why, yes! I’ve developed ad copy, email marketing content, and press releases; done ghost writing for high-ranking officials and others; and provided strategic communications advice on national initiatives and activities. I’m also bilingual in English and Spanish, so I’ve reviewed translated content, too.
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