Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

Communities thrive when there’s conversation

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Leslie Watson

Governance and Leadership Developer, Capital Campaign Coach and Startup Strategist

[email protected]
612-275-6225

Areas of Expertise:

  • Training and development for boards to support excellence in governance
  • Custom workshops and retreats to meet your organization’s needs
  • Capital campaign strategy and technical support
  • Comprehensive bylaw analysis (i.e. preparatory to legal review)

Successful Projects:

  • Provided coaching and support for board leaders under complex circumstances
  • Worked with 20+ boards of directors during times of general manager transition
  • Supported Eastside Food Co-op in a successful $1M capital campaign, as part of a $6.5M expansion
  • Served 10+ years on the Eastside Food Co-op board through a period that included startup, financial distress, recapitalization, and eventual stability and growth
  • Founding organizer of the Northeast Investment Cooperative, formed to make cooperative investment in distressed commercial property in Northeast Minneapolis, www.neic.coop
  • Recipient of a 2013 Howard Bowers Award for Cooperative Board Leadership  

As a rookie board president, I count myself extremely fortunate that Leslie Watson is our long-time consultant. When I’ve needed counsel and guidance, she has been available and accessible to provide support. As our board changes, Leslie adapts her style to fit the current dynamics and has the flexibility of spirit to help our board remain skillfully engaged in the work we do for Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.

Lorrie Oswald, Board President, Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, Grand Marais, MN

Ready to take your organization to new heights? Contact me today to get started!

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