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The Simple 3-Step Process to Manage Difficult Conversations with Confidence

New Managing Tough Conversations eLearning by ImprovEdge No doubt that you’ve had to deal with difficult conversations…

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Remove “Fit” From Your Corporate Vocabulary

In building more inclusive organizations where employees feel supported and encouraged to bring their full selves to…

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Why Improv Now: Navigating the Hybrid Workplace

Humans avoid discomfort. We want to work, live and play in areas where we can show our expertise and feel safe. Yet, in…

Lead Like an Improviser: Flexibility, Influence and Change global conference 2023 womentech by Karen Hough Chief Culture and Experience Officer at ImprovEdge

Lead Like an Improviser: Flexibility, Influence and Change

Women Tech 2023 Global Conference Let’s talk Improvisation – I’m passionate about what improv brings to the business…

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3 High Impact Skills for Facilitating Virtual Team Meetings

Facilitation isn't just for trainers anymore. We all need to think of ourselves as facilitators.  As we move through a…

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The Physical Secret to Speaking With Confidence

When we originally published the following blog in 2014, none of us were taking part in as many virtual meetings as we…

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7 Skills Improv Teaches You About Managing Change

While this article was originally published in 2018, the advice stands the test of time. Plus, we would underline the…

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Humanity

This article was originally published in early 2022, and we still believe it’s still a timely and relevant discussion.…

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Presence is Seen, Not Said

3 Techniques to Improve How You Show Up Presence, and how we are perceived, is much more about what is seen, than what…

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The 15-Minute, 6-Step Solution for Delivering the Best Presentations

Our Presentation Skill process is designed to help you discover your own personal speaking style and develop/enhance…

Letter to a Young Professional Returning to Work

Letter to a Young Professional Returning to Work

5 Reminders to Help You Navigate Any Workplace  Your first day at work may not have been that different from the day…

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Four New Rules of Presence in Hybrid Workplaces

What does a side glance mean? When you’re sitting around a conference room, a side glance can convey “Do I have this…

Look for the Silver Lining

Back in 2020, as we made the shift from in-person to virtual interactions, we were all familiar with phrases like,…

Inclusion in the Workplace: Unraveling Racism Through Organizational Transformation

Since last spring and the horrific murder of George Floyd, everyone from corporations to my Aunt Cheryl has decided…

The Future of Work: Act Like an Improviser

This isn’t going away. “Back to the office” will not be what we remembered. The future of work will now forever have…

2020 Reflection: A Study in Extremes

The message of improvisation – arriving onstage (or at work) with no script, few resources and having to figure out a…

Three Tools for a Persuasive Pitch

It’s been an exciting week at ImprovEdge – We were selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Virtual WBENCPitch Pivot…

Three Tips for a Stellar Virtual Interview

Now, more than ever, it’s critical to give a great impression at your next job interview or when you ask for a raise or…

The Show Must Go On!

ImprovEdge has always been a virtual company – WFH since 1998. In those years, we’ve learned a lot about productivity…

2020 is the Year of Equity

Equity is a process, rather than an outcome. It’s a way of behaving and working that consistently moves a company or…

How to Use Improvisation to Address Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Since childhood, we train our brains to categorize EVERYTHING: shapes, sizes, colors… because the recognition of…

8 Tips for Moderating a Stellar Panel Discussion

Panel discussions are a common tool for sharing multiple perspectives on the same topic. Often the highlight on…

Hands Off The Mute Button During Conference Calls

Let’s set the scene. You are on a conference call, everyone says a quick hello, the person in charge begins, and ……

2019 is the Year of Disruption

I contend, disruption is not a bad word. And, the answer to disruption is improvisation. What if we stopped fearing…

Creative Constraint: Why Tighter Boundaries Propel Greater Results

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 12/7/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.…


Cary Mitchell

Cary Mitchell

(he/him)
Facilitator

Cary is an educator and visual/performing artist based in Columbus, OH. Cary earned his BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University and MA in Art Education from The Ohio State University, where he serves on the faculty and is working toward his PhD. Cary is also Director of Theatre at Grandview Heights High School and on staff at Short North Stage in Columbus.


Nancy Weintraub

Nancy Weintraub

(she/her)
Executive Coach

Nancy joined ImprovEdge as an executive coach and principal consultant after 25+ years as a high tech exec where she transformed marketing organizations through programs that combine the art and science of marketing with transformational leadership. Most recently, Nancy was a VP of Marketing at Juniper Networks, a multibillion-dollar company, where she and her team brought the company’s marketing efforts to the next level by developing and implementing patented data and analytics technology to amp the impact of marketing.


David Thompson

David Thompson

(he/him)
Senior Facilitator

David has over 20 years of experience of creating and leading individual and organizational improvement initiatives. David has conducted hundreds of workshops to audiences ranging from Amgen to Michelin, Abbot Labs to Target, and the University of Kentucky to the IT Agency of the Sultanate of Oman.


Sonda Staley

Sonda Staley

(she/her)
Facilitator

Sonda is an adjunct instructor in public speaking and theatre at Capital University and Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A. in theatre performance from Indiana University of PA and her M.A. in Theatre and Communication from Indiana State University.


Mike Everett-Lane

Mike Everett-Lane

(he/him)
Founder and Senior Facilitator

Mike is the Executive Director of College Summit New York, a non-profit organization that works with public schools to increase the number of students enrolling, and succeeding, in college.


Dan Montour

Dan Montour

(he/him)
Facilitator

Dan utilizes his Master of Education in Foreign and Second Language from The Ohio State University and experience from improv comedy to help those find their voice in a second, (or first) language.


Erika Jackson

Erika Jackson

(she/her)
Lead Instructional Designer and Senior Facilitator

Erika is a Lead Instructional Designer and Facilitator with ImprovEdge. In addition, Erika is the VP of Training and Operations for Wellcoaches Corporation. As a Board Certified Coach and Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, Erika also advises the ImprovEdge Coaching practice.


Jamie Pachino

Jamie Pachino

(she/her)
Senior Facilitator and Writer

Jamie is a senior facilitator, keynote speaker and award-winning writer for ImprovEdge, movies and the theater. As an educator, Jamie has taught at Northwestern University (her alma mater), University of California, Irvine, as well as the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous theater and screen writing awards including the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.


Kit Murphy

Kit Murphy

(she/her)
Executive Coach

A certified personal coach with a Masters in Organization Development and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership, Kit provides individual coaching to help participants practice and internalize the skills taught in ImprovEdge workshops. Kit leverages her 20+ years as a C-level executive to help leaders grow as individuals and grow their businesses.