Leesa Truesdell

Leesa Truesdell

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it — Maya Angelou

Managing Director and Founder

Leesa Truesdell is the founder and managing director of Dreams Abroad, where she has served since its inception in Madrid in 2016. Leesa took on an even more active role during COVID-19 by shaping Dreams Abroad’s rebrand and updated direction to further her goal of empowering global professionals. As the international education and travel industry abruptly came to a halt, Leesa focused on highlighting community members’ stories through interviews and digital media. She also introduced livestreams and a digital media library, all to keep the Dreams Abroad community connected and vibrant. 

Like many members of the Dreams Abroad community, Leesa’s immediate career path changed course during the pandemic. She merged into the digital world and found a home doing work that called to her when it had to be reviewed on deadline. Her communications background provided a great foundation, but late hours and long days taught Leesa to remain focused and as a result, Dreams Abroad’s vision soft launched in February 2023. DreamsAbroad.com was born and thus: remaining fluid and flexible are the latest ingredients to Leesa’s recipe on how to stay afloat during changing circumstances. 

Today, you can see Dreams Abroad’s evolution at work through the rollout of a podcast, in-person events, and an increasing emphasis on the Meet the Locals series. These efforts further the goal of highlighting the amazing accomplishments of our Dreams Abroad community, and provide examples to our community on how to achieve our collective goals of living and working our best lives across the globe. Dreams Abroad’s transition into a new era continues and there are so many who have been a part of our evolution and mission since its formation. Thank you to the Dreams Abroad community. We have evolved into such a bigger and better vision of what we were back in 2016.