LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Let's Work Together
I design and execute leadership trainings and communications strategy for a variety of organizations—from corporations to nonprofits to Native American tribal entities. I have a perspective that comes from working in multicultural organizations and communities and the experience of leading multi-generational teams. My background allows me to help others develop greater emotional intelligence, a stronger empathy muscle, and the ability to shift their mindset–all of which results in more efficient and joyful teams and work places.
All of my work is customized, and I also welcome speaking engagements!
Branding & identity
Storytelling & narrative development
Strategic planning & organizational development
Empathy and nonviolent communications workshops
My Approach: Leadership and Improv
For my trainings and workshops, I use improv comedy as a vital component. In my experience, the core qualities of improvisers, like empathy, collaboration and fearlessness, are also the same ones we need to become authentic leaders. When we improvise, we create something that none of us could have created on our own. Over time, I've developed a belief that life can be this way as well—we don't know how it will unfold but leaders know that no matter what, we will figure it out, together.
I’ve been studying at the Magnet Theater in New York City since 2013 under some of the most thoughtful and talented improvisers on the planet, including Elana Fishbein and Armando Diaz. I'm trained in improv comedy, musical improv, storytelling, and improv coaching.
Current & Past Projects
Current and past projects include work with the following:
Barnard College, Columbia University
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
Funny Girls—The Harnisch Foundation
Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of Alaska
Girl Scouts of Nassau County, New York
Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Morgan Howard Communications
Alaska Mental Health Trust
University of Alaska, Land Management
Procter & Gamble
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
The White House Project—VoteRunLead
USA/NBC TV Network
Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
State University of New York, College of Optometry
Teachers College Community School, Columbia University
Public School 163, New York City
Riverdale Country School
Major League Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
The Clinton Foundation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Japan Center for International Exchange
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington State
Kizuna and Kakehashi Programs キズナ強化プロジェクト
Northwest Society for Interior Designers
Seattle Art Museum
Center for Ethical Leadership
My Favorite Projects
I am proud of my work as both a writer and instructor for the pilot of Funny Girls, a curriculum that teaches young women leadership skills through improv. From collaboration to empathy to resiliency, we know that the key skills needed for improv are also the same ones for leadership. Funny Girls is run by the Harnisch Foundation, in partnership with the Magnet Theater and Pilobolus Dance Company.
For more than a decade I have worked with indigenous organizations including Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska with over 22,000 shareholders. I often partner with Morgan Howard Communications, a Native-owned business in the Pacific Northwest. We have worked together on communications and storytelling strategy, from annual reports to a historic campaign to enroll the next generation of tribal members.
Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts
After the Great East Japan earthquake in March 2011, I spearheaded efforts with the governor, consul general, and nonprofit leaders to create a coalition of 80 community-based organizations and companies in Washington state to raise money and awareness for recovery efforts.
The White House Project
In my role as VP of communications and strategy, I served as brand architect and culture steward at a national nonprofit working to elect women into office. I directed a comprehensive identity and branding process that included cultivating a new internal culture and managing team building and staff retreats. By working alongside trainers, we created leadership training modules and engagement strategy for 15,000 trained alumnae. The organization now exists as VoteRunLead.