The StoryPOWER house will harness the power of a narrative, weaving the idea of telling a story into all aspects of your personal and professional life. With an uninterrupted view of the Bay Bridge from the DocuSign building and the bustling view of Union Square from T3 Advisors, we'll cover everything from crafting a personal narrative to positioning yourself as a thought leader. You’ll leave this house feeling confident in the weight of your words, and ready to share your story with colleagues and leadership.



at DocuSign

October 26th, 9:30am

Talking about yourself. It’s something that as women, we’re not always so comfortable doing in the workplace. Yet, the ability to tell your story, acknowledge your achievements, and do it all with confidence is crucial when you’re looking to make a strong first impression or grow your career. Olivia Christian will join us to lead a workshop similar to the successful Own Your Story where she’ll help each attendee craft their perfect personal narrative. Join us to learn about balancing the head and the heart (and communicating it in under 5 minutes)!

Olivia Christian is a Bay Area native who's dedicated her professional life to representing and supporting local, underserved communities. In addition to producing her own sports show, The Game Last Night, she leads workshops on how to create your own story worth telling.

Listen to Olivia in her conversation with Guild founder Anne on the SERENDIPITY Podcast:


SESSION 2: BS 101 Th


Using improvisational tools and techniques we will embrace our unique stories, discover similarities & differences, amplify our voices, add depth, structure, & dimension to our stories, and play and learn together.  Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between the application of flexible thinking can help anyone be more themselves and share their unique point of view. Learn tools that are immediately usable in work and life.

Kimberly MacLean is an actor, director, and teacher of scripted, musical, & improvised arts. She has been a main stage company member of BATS Improv since 2006. Kimberly is a professor at California College of the Arts and ACT’s Summer Training Congress and is a producer of the SF Improv Festival. She is the Director of Learning for Speechless and a driving force behind their training for and by women in the workforce across the globe. Speechless works with hundreds of groups like Zynga, Women Techmakers, Google, and Adobe. She also does private coaching with organizations and individuals focused on women in leadership with a variety of focus from KQED to UCSF.  

LISTEN TO KIMBERLEY'S PODCAST EPISODE  where she explains what you're in for.

SESSION 3: Telling Your Story to the Public - PR 1:1

at T3 Advisors

October 27th, 9:30am


The Key PR has launched startups, built brands and audiences, thrown killer parties, taken companies public, created categories, set world records, and secured coverage that drives client success. Telling our own story (or that of a client) can be among our biggest challenges. We struggle with getting the framing just right, making sure our story flows, and often let our insecurities get in the way of creating a truly compelling, even magical story for ourselves. In the world of PR and media relations, creating a story that moves an audience can mean the difference between a business’ success and failure. In this session, participants will enjoy a three-part, interactive workshop on how to: structure a story that transfixes an audience;  how to use those skills to create an effective business story that media and consumers will relate to; and how to build and engage an audience and community for your story.

Martha Shaughnessy

is the founder of The Key PR, a communications firm that combines passion, purpose and partnership to unlock our clients’ business potential. In her role, Martha  oversees all account management and operations for the growing firm. Prior to The Key, Martha was at Atomic Communications, the award-winning creative agency that pioneered data and analytics for media and communications strategy. She also served as Managing Director of Grayling Bay Area, which anchored the firm’s global work with PayPal and other top brands.

Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy

is a storyteller, writer, workshop leader and curriculum consultant in San Francisco, where she has been an artist-in-residence in public and private schools since 1986. She has brought the joy and magic of storytelling to countless children and grown-ups over the past three decades, preserving and transmitting this ancient yet relevant art form through transformative and engaging live performances and high-quality recordings.

Lehia Franklin Acox

Since her days as a high school and college news reporter – when she honed skills to spread the word about her favorite social cause, House Music party or new product – Lehia Franklin Acox has loved sharing information about interesting people, places and ideas. For more than 20 years, she has produced significant media placements, creative digital and print content, strategic communications advice, effective message and media training, and high-quality event management for corporations, small business, and not-for-profit organizations. Lehia launched LFA PR in 2007 to help small business brands and not-for-profit organizations grow their audiences and influence. Prior to starting her business, she worked in communications roles with The Chicago Community Trust, HSBC North America, Valerie Denney Communications, The Night Ministry, Josephinum High School, and WNDU TV South Bend, Ind. Lehia earned a master’s of science with honors in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s of arts in history from the University of Notre Dame. She divides her time between her new home in San Francisco and her hometown, Chicago.

SESSION 4: Ready To Be A Thought Leader?

at T3 Advisors

October 27th, 2:00pm

Do you want to be recognized as an authority in your field and have your ideas shape the future of your company, industry, or community? Denise Brosseau will join us with materials from her book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader? and coursework from the Thought Leadership class she teaches at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to share how being a thought leader can help you, your team, and your ideas gain traction across your industry...and the world! You’ll leave with a plan to become more ‘discoverable’ in the next year, and the confidence to amplify your voice.

Denise Brosseau is a thought leadership strategist, professional speaker, lecturer and author. She is the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, and is a lecturer at the Stanford Business School where she co-teaches a course on credibility and thought leadership. Previously, Denise co-founded the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark), Invent Your Future Enterprises and Springboard, the prestigious women’s startup launch pad that has led to over $7 billion in funding for women entrepreneurs around the globe. She was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and as one of the year’s 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Denise sat down with us and we published this interview about her work and session. READ ON

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