Thaler Pekar

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Thaler is an internationally recognized pioneer of organizational narrative, leadership storytelling, and persuasive communication. She has been recognized by the BBC and the Smithsonian Institution as an expert on business storytelling, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has institutionalized the use of her award-winning video on LGBTI refugees in South Africa. Thaler always crosses the street to walk on the sunny side.

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Kitty Overton

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Kitty is an executive producer with extensive experience managing the creative development and production of purpose-driven strategic content. Previously, she established and led the strategic content practice at Fenton, a premier social change communications agency, where she oversaw the development and production of multi-platform digital and broadcast content for foundations, non-profits and select brands working to address our most pressing environmental, social justice, and human rights challenges.

Danielle Penabad Fulfree

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Danielle manages operations and logistics and digs into details. Previously, she directed community outreach for a US Senator, and oversaw member services for New York City’s nonprofit umbrella organization. There she managed communications with the organization’s 1,500 members. As a first-generation American, Danielle has always believed in the phrase, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” She also has the brand new title of proud mom.

Jay Rhoderick

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Known for coaching executives in high-level pitching, presenting, and negotiating skills, Jay is leading our creativity efforts, facilitating our How to Develop & Deliver a TED-Style Talk workshop, and designing our Pitch Academies. He is a proud founding member of one of New York’s first “long-form” improvisation troupes, Centralia (named after a Pennsylvania town with a underground coal fire that has been burning since 1962).

Tom Bergin

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Tom oversees technical services, communicating with crews throughout the world and ensuring consistency of quality. He has worked on many documentary features, including An Inconvenient Truth and My Architect, and has traveled the world to record Not My Life (on human slavery) and A Closer Walk (on AIDS). Tom says he became a soundman “to mic people and turn knobs in the pursuit of spreading knowledge.”

River Lisius

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River manages Thaler Pekar & Partners’ calendar of digital content, from social media to email newsletters to website production. Always an English major at heart, she’s passionate about storytelling and insists that listening is the most important place to start. Outside of her work at Thaler Pekar & Partners, River works on the communications team at the United Nations Foundation.