Episode 018: Business As A Force of Good, with Jill Pollack
Jill Pollack is founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago, overseeing writing training for more than 1,200 students each year. She is a presenter on the power of stories in our personal and professional lives and was included for the fourth time in the biannual Newcity Lit Top 50 list of literary leaders in Chicago.
Since founding the studio in 2003, Jill has focused her attention on developing new approaches to teaching storytelling, and providing a wide variety of experiences in writing and publishing for StoryStudio writers. In 2009 she created the Words for Work business writing program and is now the Co-Founder of Story Mode.
Today Jill stops by to discuss how Chicago’s literary community has changed since the origins of StoryStudio Chicago, how to build a dynamic internal culture, and why business should be a force for good. Jill’s ventures can be found at storystudiochicago.com and instorymode.com.
Get to Know Jill
A dramatic arts-trained refugee from the corporate world, Jill created StoryStudio Chicago—a creative writing school—in 2003, and began developing new approaches to teach storytelling for business, for the page, for the screen, and for changing technology. Her credo? Don’t Be Boring. As Chief Story Wrangler at Story Mode, Jill spends her time chasing down the best stories … and making them better. But telling a great story isn’t enough for Jill; she has to throw some neuroscience into the mix. Art + Science = the answer to just about anything.
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Meet the Host:
KT Speetzen is the CEO of Mother Cluckers Comedy, LLC. By day she teaches everyone from entrepreneurs, politicians to corporations the power of comedic storytelling for branding and engagement. By night she’s the and the Creator and Producer of Chicago’s The Mother Cluckers Comedy Troupe. In previous lives, KT has worked behind the scenes in documentary television for A&E, The History Channel and National Geographic, in addition to earning her Masters in Education and her National Boards Certification while teaching for the Chicago Public Schools. KT loves David Bowie, her crazy family, and is slowly starting to understand Twitter.