I'm available for:

  • Virtual and in-person panels (as moderator or panellist)
  • Virtual and in-person roundtables, lunch discussions, lunch and learns
  • Solo presentations and workshops
  • Panel and roundable consultation and creation

I also regularly offer presentations with my podcast co-host, international speaker and author, Mike Veny.  

Interested in hiring me for your next event? Reach out via my contact form or on LinkedIn. For joint presentations with my podcast co-host, Mike, visit the Bettermental website

Recent Events

Where Leanna's speaking next

Self Employment in The Arts, October 2022

Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Self Employment in the Arts, January 2022


American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) Conference   Landing Bylines with Corporate Publications with Benita Lee at GoodRX, Jordan Teicher at Contently, and Mary Ellen Slayter at Managing Editor Magazine (Panel Creator, Moderator)

Grapeseed Collective                                                                                       Building A Business That Supports You And Your Mental Health! (Workshop)


Collegiate Entrepreneurs Association (CEO) Global Conference     Mental Health, The College Creative/Entrepreneur & COVID (Workshop with podcast co-host and mental health speaker, Mike Veny)

The BrandLab, May 2020                                                                               Content Marketing Strategy for Tech Brands (Workshop)

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference, February, 2020

  • Creating a Podcast with Impact (Workshop with podcast co-host and mental health speaker, Mike Veny)
  • Breaking Into Freelance Writing (Roundtable)
  • Marketing Strategies for Creatives (Panel)
  • Self Management and Freelance Strategies (Panel)
  • One-on-One Mentoring and Portfolio Reviews

AWAY Chicago, August 2019                                                                         Celebrate Getting Away Solo with Leanna Lee and Sofia Martin of Wanderful, Kehinde Smith, and Chicago Tribune travel editor, Lori Rackl


Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference

  • Making a Living in the Literary Arts (Panel)
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Freelance (Panel)
  • Making a Living as a Freelance Writer (Roundtable)
  • Combining Writing and Marketing as a Content Marketing Writer (Lunch Breakout Session)


Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference

  • Mental Health for the Creative Entrepreneur (Workshop with mental health speaker, Mike Veny)
  • Non-Profits (Panel)
  • Video Presentation, Eyes On Your Mission (Featured Creative, Assistant Producer)
  • Branding, marketing, and mental health (One-on-one Mentoring)


Chicago Area Families for Adoption (CAFFA) Conference, March 2017 Meet The Birthparents Panel

Chicago Women's Creative Collective (CWCC), January 2017               New Year's Brunch presentation (Transcript)