Owner & Founder
I HELP PEOPLE SHINE SO THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
I'm an Executive Communications Strategist, Brand Storyteller, Speechwriter, Content Creator, Copywriter, and Educator, with more than 20 years of experience finding, crafting, and sharing narratives, and helping others do the same.
Across my career, I've worked with CEOs and corporate executives, professional athletes, Members of Congress, Pulitzer Prize winners, internationally-recognized journalists, entrepreneurs, nonprofits large and small, philanthropists, TED speakers, self-proclaimed “geeks” and “hackers,” passionate artists, status quo disrupters, global leaders, and students of all ages. Through corporate workshops, I teach the power of storytelling that is inside all of us, ready to be ignited and shared to drive business, advance ideas, and spark bold change for good. My practice is centered on my Narrative Co. Methodology.
Owner & Founder: The Narrative Co.
Fellow and former Core Faculty: University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program
Founder: Cantadora Communications
Vice President: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Press Secretary, Assistant Press Secretary: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
M.S.J., Northwestern University, Medill, Broadcasting
B.A., Yale University, American Studies, Literature
Nonfiction Writing Certificate, University of Washington
Executive Communications Leadership
Invited Participant: Future of Storytelling (FOST) Summit, NYC, 2018
Speaker/Fireside Chat Moderator: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2018
Global Event - Speaker Advisor/Speechwriter: Grace Hopper Celebration, AnitaB.org (5 years)
Global Events - Speechwriter and Speaker Advisor: TEDx; Microsoft’s Ignite, Digital Transformation Academy, Women Think Next, Israel; Oslo Freedom Forum
Fellow, Core Faculty: UW Communication Leadership Graduate Program "The Strategic Art of Organizational Storytelling, Connecting Through Creative Engagement"
Featured Speaker: AnitaB.org Local - "Women, Technology & Voice"
Storytelling Track Leader and Storytelling Panel Leader: Women in Tech (WIT) Regatta
Speaker: CRAVE Business, “The Power of Storytelling"
Writer: Microsoft Enterprise Business Blog
Mentor/Judge: Greater Foundation & Amazon - Junior Leaders of Innovation
Member: Professional Speechwriters Association
University of Washington Graduate Fellow and Faculty
THE STRATEGIC ART OF ORGANIZATIONAL STORYTELLING: CONNECTING THROUGH CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT: I'm a fellow and former core faculty member at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program I where I've taught my class "The Strategic Art of Organizational Storytelling: Connecting Through Creative Engagement" (How to Give TED-style Talks). The program offers two tracks: Master of Communication in Digital Media, and Master of Communication in Communities and Networks. Professionals build the necessary communication knowledge, strategies, and skills to manage content, information, systems, people, and change:
"The Master of Communication in Communities and Networks (MCCN) helps professionals build a sophisticated understanding of communication processes and the ways to leverage that understanding to engage successfully with relevant constituencies--audiences, customers, co-workers, members, and supporters. This ability to shape communication strategies is essential to success as our professional environments constantly evolve."
Pictured above: On the road... my Personal Brand Narrative Storyboard (yes, we do this for clients!): Oslo, Norway: a heart I made with a pipe cleaner for an interactive art exhibit at The Nobel Peace Center; Washington, D.C., "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — Folger Shakespeare Library; Ely, Minnesota, stories by the fire at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area where I spent summers growing up; The Columbia River, Western Washington, "The Mic" on the road to The Gorge Amphitheater to see Dave Matthews Band; a letter, penned aboard the U.S.S. Henderson on the Atlantic Ocean, 1917 — from my Great Uncle Leo to my Great Grandmother Carrie on his journey to France to serve as Devil Dog in the Marines in World War I; Berkeley, San Francisco, a show-stopping vignette "everything I've learned in life I first learned at the piano" spotted on campus; Oslo, 2014, a lion sculpture that guards The Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament; with my mom — the woman who lit up the room and taught me to love books — returning from a fishing trip (age 4).