Leslie is an informed and motivational speaker and writer of articles for the Direct Mail Industry. She was raised in Minnesota and has a midwest work ethic. She comes from a family that knows success - her grandfather built Robinsdale, one of the earliest Suburbs in the USA. Her father was a leading attorney. Leslie's mother provided the background for her careers: a civic leader, Committee Chairwoman for the Republican Caucus, and managed Harold Levandor's campaign for governor, as well as being President of the Girl Scounts in the Midwest and serving on the Board of Governors for the Hebrew Union College. .
After Leslie graduated from the University of Minnesota, she headed for New York City, where she setup a charity called "Prisoner's Family Transportation and Assistance Fund" that was awarded a Volunteer Service Award by Vice President Gerald Ford in 1972. Working during the day she went to the New York School of Interior Design and also learned to be a script supervisor in the film industry.
She has worked as a fund raiser for a number of organizations and corporations, both on staff and as a consultant-- The Urban Coalition, Harry Winston Foundation, Children's Aid Society, and Circle in The Square Theatre. She also helped raise funds for former President Jimmy Carter, Senator Robert Kennedy and Congressman John Brademas. Leslie headed the finance committee to raise funds in the US for Nicaragua's president Violette Chamorro. She was invited to work on President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Committee. Leslie has managed, early on, over 300 Direct Mail campaigns as a staff member of various charities or as a Fund Raising Consultant to the charities.
"Effective Fundraising is personal -- you have to know your donor's hobbies and friends, if they own their own home, their income and assets as well as their age, birthdate and number of children they have" she says, "because that knowledge can then be incorporated into a successful targeted mailing or telemarketing campaign."
No stranger to the rich and famous, Leslie personally knows 35% of the people listed in Forbes 400. She knows their politics and their charities. Not surprisingly, Leslie helped internationally known author Arthur Herzog, now her husband, locate the fugitive Robert Vesco for his book entitled Robert Vesco: From Wall Street to Castro's Cuba. She has raised funds for businesses, financing Flight International, American Kefir, Osmed, Brighton Industries, and radio stations WUWU, KBER, KRSN, and TV stations KUUV and KVBC.
In 1989, Leslie decided to form her own management and brokerage company from her lists that were managed by others since 1968, providing a sold group of lists with related services. The Rich List Company also owns or manages email lists and can provide text messages to cell phones around the world.
Leslie has also represented Israel's Amos Satellite Network in the People's Republic of China, Great Wall and Long March Corporations of China is also a client. Mandel Airplane Funding and Leasing Corporation also represents, Laserline Landing Equipment for Airports in 25 countries exclusively. She is one of the few women fellow members of The Explorers Club. She owns Mandel Kahn Corp. of Mongolia.
She is listed in: Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who In The World.
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