Leslie Pitterson

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40 Under Forty 2018

Leslie Pitterson
Vice President of Communications
U.S. Media
Nielsen
New York, NY
Age: 30  

Every day during middle school and high school, Leslie Pitterson traversed the dichotomous worlds between her parents’ print shop in the Bronx, N.Y., and her private school in Westchester County. “While I developed an understanding of these spaces and the ability to move between them, I struggled with embracing my own experience as distinct and worthy of being shared,” explains Pitterson. “Helping others possess their narratives is a major driving force for me professionally.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in history from the George Washington University, Pitterson interned at the Clinton Foundation in President Clinton’s personal office during the 2010 mid-term elections, supporting media relations. “It was one of the most invaluable growth experiences in my career and showed me that while the outcome may not be in your control, how you show up and execute every day is,” she remarks. She earned her master’s degree in communications at Columbia University. Now, she oversees integrated campaigns for Nielsen’s digital business and led the announcement of its recent acquisition of Gracenote, a media metadata provider. “My role allows me to tell clients, press and investors the story of Nielsen’s digital shift and be a part of the evolution of a 90-year-old brand,” says Pitterson.

Pitterson enjoys time with friends and family, and at museums when she travels. She supports the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, and mentors women in the organization, New York Women in Communication. “One of the most fulfilling aspects of my career has been providing media coaching and public relations consulting for dynamic leaders who are changing what we think of when we think of power. I’m committed to helping more women and people of color repossess their voices and enable professional growth,” she says.

FUN FACTS

Favorite singer: Lauryn Hill
Sport you play best: Yoga
Favorite sports team: Boston Celtics