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Leslie Vickrey

CEO & Founder

ClearEdge Marketing

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United States


Seeing a need for business-minded marketing solutions that were as agile as the industries they served, I founded ClearEdge in 2006. ClearEdge has helped technology software, professional services and staffing clients differentiate themselves from competitors through services like Branding, Messaging, PR and Digital Marketing. The result? A portfolio of happy clients who have seen their businesses grow, attracted top talent and emerged as thought leaders. Passionate about attracting, retaining and advancing women in technology and business, I'm a proud co-founder of ARA. What began as a quarterly dinner among friends has grown into a national organization 6,000 people strong focused on supporting women in technology. Recognized as one of Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2021 and 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Influencers, one of my main goals is to move the diversity mission forward and create much needed change. In addition to working with business leaders through ClearEdge and ARA, I host TheEdge podcast, shining light on remarkable women leaders (and their allies) transforming the makeup and momentum of the talent and tech industries. I recently published my first book called ''Together We Rise'' with several of my industry friends. It's a compilation of our personal stories that exemplify the power of women empowering each other. I am honored to serve on the Board of Advisors for Chicago Innovation and as the Senior Executives Subcommittees Chair for the American Staffing Association’s Women in Leadership Council, in addition to serving on the Board for the College of Business Administration at my alma mater, Central Michigan University. I am also a judge for the Chicago Innovation Awards, which recognizes the most innovative companies in the region. In October of 2015, I was named to the UIC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes social and commercial contributions to Chicago's diverse economy, and in 2016, was named to the Enterprising Women of the Year list by Enterprise Women Magazine. In 2022, I was named one of the inaugural Innovating Women in Chicago honorees. I enjoy public speaking and cover everything from marketing to business to diversity initiatives. I recently joined companies such as Allegis Global Solutions, CoWorx and Apex to keynote company kick-off meetings, speak during supplier summits, or address their leadership, client, and consultant teams. If you’re interested in connecting, please reach out at

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