Over the years, Leslie and her team have had the uncanny ability to transform my long-term vision of better outcomes for opportunity youth into successful educational programs and solutions. We have worked with Talbot Consulting to launch two alternative education programs: one high school opened in partnership with Newark Public Schools, and the other as New Jersey’s first alternative education charter high school. Leslie and I have known each other and worked together on various projects for over a decade. I appreciate the knowledge, talent, collegiality, shared goals and understanding she brings to our mission.
Newark Opportunity Youth Network
—Robert Clark, CEO
Rarely, but on special occasions, Fortune smiles on a nonprofit organization by gifting it with an enormously talented, diligent, very young staffer who is absolutely committed to its vision and service goals. Such was the case when Leslie Talbot joined our Urban Education team at the National Urban Coalition! Leslie’s deep understanding, research skills, and policy-development instincts were and are exemplary. It is deeply gratifying to see how seamlessly she has migrated her early experiences into a robust and highly respected consulting practice. I depend upon her cutting-edge expertise, particularly in evaluating alternative education programs, in assessing the options for startup programs, and in school design strategy. Rare, and very special indeed!
DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
—Ramona H. Edelin, Ph.D. Executive Director
Talbot Consulting led by Leslie Talbot, is a great firm to
partner with when doing projects. I choose the word ‘partner’ intentionally because Leslie’s firm does take the approach of partnership when working with clients. They are critical thought partners who expose you to different angles that help elevate your project to the next level. Finally, Leslie’s firm is committed to excellence, the work products they produce are top notch.
Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK)
—Dominique Lee, Founder and Executive Director
Leslie’s approach to school design consulting is first listening
to the design team/founder to get an understanding of the mission and vision of the school. Second, they learn the political landscape and gain an understanding of the local regulations for the geographicalarea in which the school will reside. Third, educate the design team on what is doable, mandatory and beyond the new school startup phase. Leslie asks challenging essential questions to get to the core of what the vision for the school will be. She also manages the process in a way that keeps the work focused on the end goal and within established timelines.
YouthBuild Preparatory Academy
—Anthony Hubbard, Executive Director
Talbot Consulting is an invaluable asset in our senior consultancy toolkit. Over the years we have employed their talent pool to draft our charter application, facilitate planning and support our development efforts. Leslie and her team consistently deliver at high level.
Community College Prep Academy Public Charter School
—Connie Spinner, CEO & Head of School
While working with Leslie to refine systems and procedures, I was able to turnaround my previous school and raise state test proficiency rates to nearly six times what it was when I took over the school. Leslie is smart, resourceful, reliable and results are guaranteed.
Leslie’s best attribute is that she builds capacity within your team to enable you to eat for a lifetime and not just fish for one day. She and her team worked beside us to ensure that we felt comfortable and secure in the implementation of any new policies and practices. A phone call is all that is ever needed when we have additional concerns. The endless bank of knowledge and assistance that Leslie and her team brings enables me as a school leader to step back, and really examine my operation, identify areas for professional growth and to work side-by-side with my team to strengthen them.