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Session Description

Yes, And: Three Improv Concepts that Inspire Thought-Leadership

Notorious for comedy, improvisation is an art form practicing in-the-moment creativity. In this interactive workshop, we’ll detail three important improv concepts that will help you become a better leader and communicator. Participants will gain skills applicable to team brainstorming, mentoring, difficult conversations, strategy meetings, active listening, and creative ways to approach problem solving. As leaders, we can use these improv techniques to form a safe environment for the professional and personal growth of the team. This workshop will put these concepts into practice with group exercises for participants to bring back to their organizations.

Presenter Bios

Jennifer Giralo
Marketing Coordinator
Archer Western

Jennifer is a marketing professional in the construction industry, but in her free time, she is an improviser. She has been studying improv for over eight years. Improv has leveled-up all of her interpersonal and leadership skills, and she wants to share it with you! Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. She has been fortunate to have worked with improv groups at Arizona State University, Torch Theatre (Phoenix), and National Comedy Theatre (Mesa).

Will Hightower
Educator and Artist
Verve Studios

With over a decade of experience, Will is a performer and improviser for audiences around the country ranging from national charities to corporate leadership organizations. As a professional performer and graduate of Arizona State University’s acting program, Will is featured in national commercials, television shows, and McGraw-Hill’s A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking. He is currently pursuing his Master of Education in Educational Leadership. In the community, Will is found serving as a board member for a local professional non-profit theatre and developing resources for artist organizations as the founder of Theatre Think Tank.

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