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

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

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

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, 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

February 15, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 6-9, 2018
FRANK conference, FL

January 18, 2018
Montefiore Medical Center ObGYN Advocacy Track

January 11 & 12, 2018
Grass Foundation, Los Angeles

November 1, 2017
Staff Retreat: Communication & Story Exploration, NYC Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control

October 27, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story, public program, NYC

September 27-29, 2017
Communications Network Conference

September 26, 2017
"The Corporate Communication Function and Social Responsibility", Emerson College, Boston

September 18 & 19, 2017
Oral History Collection, Ireland

September 13, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story: The Value of Narrative Enquiry, Dublin, Ireland

Week of April 24, 2017
Oral History Collection, Bermuda

April 12, 2017
Narrative Leadership Program,
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