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Leesa Brunson

Senior VP A&R Operations, Def Jam Records

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Leesa Brunson Biography

Celebrating 15 years at Def Jam, Brunson has earned the nickname "The Closer" by overseeing the creative team responsible for project rollouts and "never delivering a 'no' " to a roster that includes Alessia Cara, Logic and Justin Bieber -- along with the perpetually tinkering Kanye West, whose Tidal-exclusive LP, The Life of Pablo, became the label's first Billboard 200 No. 1 in 2016. Her open-door policy and industry expertise keep both veterans and rookies coming back. Says Brunson: "They look for me when they come into the building."

For more than a decade, Leesa's close, trusted relationships with both our artists and their managers has ensured that the music gets delivered, and we stay true to our release schedules. Her expertise in the field of A&R Operations is renowned throughout the industry, and we couldn't be more proud of announcing this well-deserved promotion to Senior VP of A&R Operations.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to grow at DEF JAM, alongside the most talented artists and executives in the world," said Brunson. "STEVE Bartels and are consummate leaders, and their infinite creativity and commitment inspire me every day. DEF JAM has an extraordinary slate of both new and superstar releases lined up for 2015, and I'm certainly looking forward to the new year."

Brunson joined DEF JAM's A&R department as Manager in 2001, and rose through positions of increased responsibilities prior to her promotion to Vice President in 2010. During the course of her tenure, she has worked closely with Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jeremih, Big Sean, and Logic, among others. She began her career in the A&R Department of ELEKTRA RECORDS in the '90s, working with Busta Rhymes, Ray J, Metallica, and Brand Nubian.

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  • How do I book Leesa Brunson to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Leesa Brunson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Leesa Brunson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Leesa Brunson or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Leesa Brunson

    Speaking fees for Leesa Brunson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Leesa Brunson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Leesa Brunson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Leesa Brunson speak about?

    Leesa Brunson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Arts & Humanities, Business, Entertainment, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Leesa Brunson travel from?

    Leesa Brunson generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Leesa Brunson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Leesa Brunson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Leesa Brunson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Leesa Brunson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Leesa Brunson Biography

Celebrating 15 years at Def Jam, Brunson has earned the nickname "The Closer" by overseeing the creative team responsible for project rollouts and "never delivering a 'no' " to a roster that includes Alessia Cara, Logic and Justin Bieber -- along with the perpetually tinkering Kanye West, whose Tidal-exclusive LP, The Life of Pablo, became the label's first Billboard 200 No. 1 in 2016. Her open-door policy and industry expertise keep both veterans and rookies coming back. Says Brunson: "They look for me when they come into the building."

For more than a decade, Leesa's close, trusted relationships with both our artists and their managers has ensured that the music gets delivered, and we stay true to our release schedules. Her expertise in the field of A&R Operations is renowned throughout the industry, and we couldn't be more proud of announcing this well-deserved promotion to Senior VP of A&R Operations.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to grow at DEF JAM, alongside the most talented artists and executives in the world," said Brunson. "STEVE Bartels and are consummate leaders, and their infinite creativity and commitment inspire me every day. DEF JAM has an extraordinary slate of both new and superstar releases lined up for 2015, and I'm certainly looking forward to the new year."

Brunson joined DEF JAM's A&R department as Manager in 2001, and rose through positions of increased responsibilities prior to her promotion to Vice President in 2010. During the course of her tenure, she has worked closely with Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jeremih, Big Sean, and Logic, among others. She began her career in the A&R Department of ELEKTRA RECORDS in the '90s, working with Busta Rhymes, Ray J, Metallica, and Brand Nubian.

Leesa Brunson Videos

  • Leesa Brunson on her candle line "OS Candles!" - YouTube

FAQs on booking Leesa Brunson

  • How do I book Leesa Brunson to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Leesa Brunson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Leesa Brunson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Leesa Brunson or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Leesa Brunson

    Speaking fees for Leesa Brunson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Leesa Brunson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Leesa Brunson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Leesa Brunson speak about?

    Leesa Brunson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Arts & Humanities, Business, Entertainment, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Leesa Brunson travel from?

    Leesa Brunson generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Leesa Brunson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Leesa Brunson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Leesa Brunson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Leesa Brunson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Leesa Brunson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Leesa Brunson for your event is available upon request. Leesa Brunson generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sylvia Rhone, Jody Gerson, Bela Bajaria, Sarah Trahern and Julie Swidler. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Leesa Brunson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Leesa Brunson on her candle line "OS Candles!" - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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