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When: Friday, September 27, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, September 27, 1-2 PM ET
Storytelling for Leaders, Organization and Communities
Guests: Thaler Pekar, Bruce Waltuck, and Barbara Ganley

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Stories and narratives are powerful ways to foster implementation of new programs, problem solving, advocacy, communication of ideas, and insights into the values and purposes we hold most important. Three guests experienced with the meaning and impact of stories and storytelling share their insights and they welcome your comments and questions.

Thaler Pekar is the CEO of Thaler Pekar & Partners, and an internationally recognized pioneer in narrative and communication. Thaler's Heart, Head & Hand™ framework for persuasive communication is helping smart leaders throughout the world engage audiences and achieve goals. She is a tri-sector athlete, engaging across the private, public, and social sectors and directing smart leaders in breaking through crowded marketplaces, increasing sales and income, and heightening visibility and influence. Thaler facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institution Conference on Organizational Storytelling. She is a visiting professor at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, teaching an Executive Masters course in Storytelling & Narrative Persuasion; a frequent guest lecturer at the Columbia University Graduate Program in Strategic Communications; and a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Thaler is a long-time resident of Hoboken, NJ, and a more recent resident of Unadilla, NY. She always crosses the street to walk on the sunny side, and she has a cat named Truthiness. You can reach Thaler at, or @thaler.

Bruce Waltuck is an award-winning change leader, author, and consultant. He co-designed and led the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Involvement and Quality Improvement system, and he created a public-private partnership model that won a Silver Medal from the Government Innovation awards program. Bruce has presented and taught in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, and Brazil and written journal articles, book chapters, and a primer on complexity and quality. He has been advisor to the administrator of a $3 billion a year grant-making agency in Health and Human Services and consulted with public and private organizations as president of his own firm, Freethinc. . . For A Change. He holds a Masters in Complexity, Chaos, and Creativity from the University of Western Sydney. He has developed a framework for gathering and exploring stories of organizational change. Bruce and Denise Easton are co-writing the book FLUXed: Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption and Uncertainty. See www.getfluxed.comBruce is @complexified on Twitter, blogs at complexified.wordpress.comand you can reach him at

Barbara Ganley founded Community Expressions, LLCin 2008 o bring storytelling to civic engagement and community change efforts. Before that at Middlebury College she pioneered the integration of digital storytelling and blogging in the liberal arts and use of social media in service learning. Her experience with social media, community mapping, dialogue, facilitation and storytelling to engage citizens and to effect change led herto work with towns across the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain West as well as community foundations, academic institutions and nonprofits on local, national and international levels. Barbara writes widely about storytelling and communities, including the foreword to the 2012 edition of Joe Lambert's Digital Storytelling, Capturing Lives, Creating Community and the Orton Family Foundation-published essay, Re-Weaving Community, Creating the Future Storytelling at the Heart and Soul of Healthy Communities. She sits on the Children's Radio Foundation's Advisory Board and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana's Ethnography of the University Initiative External Advisory Board and with The YoungWriters Project as Creative and Strategic Advisor. You'll find her, as @bgblogging on Twitter and

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