Team

A communications geek, creative ace, policy wonk, and technical crackerjack walk into a bar…

We’ve worked in 30 countries on five continents.
We can ask for a beer in eleven languages.

 

Thaler Pekar

Thaler Pekar 2018Thaler is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field 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 Telly Award-winning video on LGBTI refugees in South Africa. She always crosses the street to walk on the sunny side.

You can read more about Thaler here.

 

Jay Rhoderick

Jay RhoderickKnown 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).

You can read more about Jay here.

 

Danielle Penabad Fulfree

Danielle Penabad FulfreeDanielle manages operations and logistics (and Thaler and Jay) 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.

You can read more about Danielle here.

 

Tom Bergin

Tom BerginTom oversees video production and 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.”

You can read more about Tom here.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

October 4 & 5, 2019
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, Communications Network, Austin

September 17-19, 2019
Waggl Harvest: Voices at Work Leader Retreat, St. Helena, CA

June 25-27, 2019
WBENC National Conference, Houston

June 4, 11 & 18, 2019
Listen Better, Hear More: An Interactive & Online Offering

May 22, 2019
Private Client, Washington, DC

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

April 9, 2019
Presence & Engagement program, Anomaly, NYC

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

March 11-15, 2019
WBENC National Summit & Salute, Houston

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 5-8, 2019
FRANK conference, FL

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, NYC

December 9 & 10, 2018
Private Client, Phoenix

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

November 15, 2018
NationSwell Summit on Solutions, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

October 10-12, 2018
Communications Network, San Francisco

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

March 20, 2018
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Success Story, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Baltimore

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study

Testimonials

Testimonials
  • "WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. WOW, what a session that was. It was thought-provoking, it was imminently applicable and it was fun, great job." – James Heffernan, The Jedi Group Consultoria, Brazil

  • "Thanks for helping me become a vivid story sharer. Before I worked with you, I'm afraid I was a rambling geek with a Powerpoint presentation. Now, each time I deliver a keynote, I generate two or three more engagements from audience members. Big, big change thanks to you." – Dave Maney, Founder & Publisher, Economaney

  • “When I was calling around to check Thaler's references, one of her clients told me that she was thinking about asking Thaler to be her child's Godmother. After working with Thaler I realized that the client wasn't joking. It is rare to find a consultant like Thaler, with the right mix of expertise, intuition, centeredness, ethics and passion. As a client, I found Thaler innovative and delivering above and beyond expectations. As a participant, I discovered my storysharing abilities exceeding what I thought was evolutionarily possible.” – Damon Azali-Rojas, Director of Field Programs, Jemmott Rollins Group

  • "As a result of the group training and individual coaching that we receive from Thaler and Jay, Wellspring staff are presenting their work in ways that show more confidence and organization, while letting the passion for our work shine through." – John and Myles Taylor, Wellspring Advisors

  • "I've seen another well-known presenter on story, and he made me curious. But what I walked away from your program with was immediately implementable ways to capture and use story in my work, and to benefit my organization." – Dawn Harbatkin, MD, Executive Director, Lyon-Martin Health Services

  • “Thaler, your program was phenomenal! I was very impressed with the content, your delivery and the practical ideas we can immediately incorporate into our professional lives. You kept the program moving and everyone engaged. Your passion with your work was evident throughout. I heard from another attendee, 'this was the best session I have ever attended at Women Presidents' Organization conferences!' You truly made an impact!" – Paulette Turner, President, Integrated Leadership Concepts

  • "Thanks a million for stretching my thoughts and how I approach today and tomorrow." – Gary Cassard, Vice President & General Manager, Bright House Networks

  • "I'm a storyteller by trade, in a company that lives by story, with a truly amazing story to tell. So, in some ways, we're already there. That said, I was inspired by Thaler's deconstruction of narrative, and pointers for listening and engaging." – Steve Cooper, Director of Product Marketing, Lytro

  • "Jay is the coolest. I love the way he presents. Thaler is smart as a whip. I can't wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next. Together, they are able to break down the components of engagement in a way that we were previously unable to diagnose, let alone approach.” – Vice President, Global Education & Customer Experience, major cosmetics brand

  • "I found several things from your workshop directly applicable to my recent presentation to my board, and all grants were approved, so it was a big success. Our board chair even applauded after my presentation – a first! Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance." – Denise Joines, Program Officer, Wilburforce Foundation

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Thaler Pekar & Partners really 'get it' when it comes to helping move organizations forward in creative and positive directions. They possess a rare combination of flexibility and professionalism." -- John Seager, President, Population Connection

  • "Thaler is a communications genius with an insanely great ability to see 'through' a problem or challenge and create a story-based communications strategy to tackle the issue. She is fun to work with and obviously bright but not ego driven. It has been a privilege to work with her each time we have hired her. What I love most about her is that much of what she does is value-driven." – George Heindrichs, Former President and CEO, Intrado