For more than a decade, Michael has explored the frontiers of transformational storytelling. As one of the world’s first business storytellers, he has consulted to hundreds of organizations and taught more than 30,000 people. As our chief instigator at Get Storied, Michael leads client engagements, delivers learning programs, coaches executive clients, and sets our overall vision for growth. With a background in cultural anthropology, Michael is fascinated with how ideas translate into cultural acceptance.
His work and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, Brandweek, Inc, Mashable, Lifehacker, and lots of other places. His latest book Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators helped to redefine the potential and relevance of business storytelling. In 2010 and 2012, Michael produced the Reinvention Summit: Storytelling’s Biggest Online Conference, as a way to celebrate storytelling insights from across many disciplines. He is a frequent speaker at conferences including TEDx, SXSW, and CultureCon.
The son of an inventor and artist, Michael naturally sees the potential in every situation. As a lifelong seeker, he devotes much of his personal time to the practices of yoga and modern shamanic healing. He remains a student of the mythic and mystic. Michael is left-handed, color-blind, and eats more chocolate than the average human. His favorite Jackson is Tito.
Kristina Drury, Director, Innovation Design
Kristina provides a design perspective to the process of social innovation. Whether she’s producing an event, conceptualizing an infographic, or facilitating participatory design, Kristina brings harmony and structure to everything she graces. At Get Storied, she manages a range of engagements for Adventist Health Systems, PA State Library, CA State Library, NJ State Library, and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.
She is the founder and creative director of TYTHEdesign, a design consulting firm, that collaborates with nonprofits and social ventures to help them increase the impact of their work. Previously, Kristina has worked as the NYC chapter head for Project H Design, a charitable organization focusing on product design for social change. While there, she was one of the lead designers of Learning Landscape, an educational active-learning playground installed all over the world, from Tanzania to Mexico, and also featured at Cooper Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Triennial. Additionally, Kristina has also served as the Assistant Director of the Pratt Design Incubator, working with clients such as UNESCO, WestElm, and Starbucks, as well as with a series of small non-profits and entrepreneurs.
Kristina’s design work has been published in a variety of sources, most notably in 2009’s ‘Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People’ by Emily Pilloton. She is a Master Teacher at Skillshare and has taught in many capacities including Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) and Sweat Equity Enterprises (SEE). Kristina has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.
Jodi Bepler, Operations Manager
An organizer at heart, Jodi manages a wide-range of systems and coordination at Get Storied. Jodi also manages our Story University and Reinvention Summit virtual conference. Jodi has spent the last decade as an operations ninja working with a mix of companies including tech and design start-ups. As a recovering geek, she enjoys to research new technologies and implement the latest systems and gadgets. She thrives on checklists and keeping our multiple projects on task. Jodi is the happy voice on the other end of the line, even when wrestling with web monkeys and auto-bot invasions.
A Midwestern girl through and through, Jodi loves spending time on Lake Michigan – whether soaking up the sun, or in pursuit of a 28 lb Salmon. Jodi lives just miles from the campus of Michigan State University, where she studied journalism. Come football and basketball season, her legendary tailgate menus are the talk of the town.
Elaine has been a writer and storyteller since she was a tyke in fifth grade, interviewing anyone who was willing, and passing around a handmade newsletter to her classmates. Back then, she was obsessed with what made people tick—and today, not much has changed.
Over the years, Elaine has interviewed 1000+ entrepreneurs, leaders, philanthropists and business owners—helping them tell their story, market their message, and move their mission forward. She spent 15 years working in the philanthropy and nonprofit fields, authoring seven books and teaching foundations, families and next-gen donors how to give away their money better. With a Masters in Professional Writing, she’s worked with everyone from national associations to local start-ups, high net worth individuals to shamanic healers, Tibetan monks to movie stars. Here at Get Storied, she’s helping to create compelling online content and inspire the editorial process.
A master synchronizer and a lover of legacies, Elaine is committed to helping others tell their most important story—the one that leads them back to themselves. These days, when she’s taking a break from writing, you can find her sweating up a storm in a yoga class, whipping up colorful meals that her husband says are too healthy, or whale watching (yep, you read that right) with her two-year old daughter from their backyard in Half Moon Bay, California.
Tristan manages our back-office operations. He oversees financial management, human resources, and other operational core systems. Previously, Tristan was the Head of Operations and Human Resources for ClearMetrics, a software development and technology incubator, overseeing its growth from 5 to 30 employees.
When Tristan was a child he was fascinated by household appliance manuals, aviation checklists, and the owner’s guide to his dad’s Honda. This curiosity translated to a career in Operations – creating organizational discipline, harmony through structure, and the implementation of routines that lead to better collaboration and results. His experience in the tech, software, and start-up industries help build scalable systems and processes. He’s learned that no single algorithm exists in solving an organizational challenge. Rather, it is synergy, collaboration, and constant tweaking that create the most efficient and favorable results. Tristan has applied his mojo and approach to projects for Twinlab, Woody Allen, and Chevron, amongst others.
When Tristan is away from his desk and not working on flow charts, checklists, or brainstorming ideas with his colleagues, you’ll find him logging close to 200,000 miles a year traveling. Exploring new cities, eating, learning about new cultures, and building lasting relationships with those he meets along the way are all part of what Tristan considers foundations in paving the way for personal growth.
We collaborate with a growing network of world-class creatives who share our passion for the power of transformational storytelling. This includes dozens of top designers, filmmakers, copywriters, web developers, and content marketers. If you’d like to explore joining our creative network, email collaborate at getstoried.com