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Storytelling School

Aug 30, 2023

I’ve just finished speaking at a live event when one of the attendees approaches me and asks:

“Was your whole story about the moped accident true?”

“Yes,” I reply.

“All of it?” he asks incredulously. “Everything you did to get back on the softball mound as a pitcher? The part about using martial arts to...

Aug 23, 2023

It’s 1999. I’m attending Pepperdine University for my MBA program when I ask myself, “What else can I do?”

I decide to learn computer programming at UCLA. In my first class there, I’m sitting in a room filled with other students and realize two things:

First, I’m one of only three female students in a class...

Aug 16, 2023

I’m on the last day of a five-day, 12-hour daily intensive Improv class at The Annoyance Theatre. Our instructor comes in and has us count off by threes. Once that’s done, he instructs us to find everyone else with the same number. Then he tells us:

“Whoever’s in your group, you all are now an Improv team. And...

Aug 9, 2023

It’s circa 2010 and I’m running the software company I co-founded with my husband Mark. One of our clients is among the largest advertising agencies in the world and they’re preparing a big pitch for Nike. The stakes couldn’t be higher for them to win this business.

Since our software creates communities and...

Aug 2, 2023

It’s 2018. I’m working with a Syrian-born American filmmaker named Sam to get him ready to hit the TEDx stage. We’re forming the foundation of his Talk--his idea worth spreading--when I ask him, “Why was making this particular film so important to you?”

And he responds, “It’s imperative to amplify...