Employee Spotlight Leslie Badani

Leslie Badani

Associate Creative Director


When did you start working at Powell Tate?

I started working at Powell Tate in August 2015.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

From one of my design professors in college, “If you think it looks fine, it’s TOO BIG.” I still use this all the time.

What’s the coolest (or weirdest) place a project has taken you?

The archives at the National Gallery of Art.

What’s the best thing you’ve seen happen inside Powell Tate office?

The satisfaction (and relief) after a big team push for a pitch or proposal. 

If you weren’t working in this industry, what would you want to do?

Open a design bookstore. I love design, books, and curating so it’s a no-brainer.

“Everyone is so talented, friendly and supportive. It feels like I learn something new and useful from my colleagues every day.”


Leslie Badani


What’s something surprising people might not know about you?

I designed a few stamps that were issued by the United States Postal Service between 2015 and 2019. Years ago I was lucky enough to work with one of four USPS art directors responsible for developing stamp concepts, which is how the opportunity came about. What many don’t know is that anyone can submit a stamp proposal to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. It could actually be issued one day!

What’s your favorite way to unwind in your free time?

To quote Peter from Office Space, “I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.” So that, which means hanging out on my couch with some snacks and a movie. 

Where would you love to travel in the world to gain inspiration?

Tokyo for the maximalist in me and Reykjavík for the minimalist.

What’s your favorite thing about your hometown?

The diversity. I grew up in Annandale, VA and there’s never been a shortage of amazing food and people.

Who is someone that inspires you right now?

Lady Gaga. She’s always been my fave but after going to the Chromatica Ball last month after two years of waiting, I am newly obsessed…as one should be.

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