Michael Margolis, CEO & founder
Michael is a trusted advisor to CEOs and CMOs with a world-changing story to tell. As the son of an inventor and artist, Michael learned at an early age that ideas live and grow only when others can see what you see. That’s the power of storytelling. As a misfit geek for much of his life, Michael turned to storytelling for survival. As they say, you teach what you need to learn most.
Michael pioneered the practice of business storytelling long before the trend of today. For the last decade, Michael has developed frameworks that take the traditional notions of storytelling and re-invents them in the context of innovation, marketing, branding, culture, and social media. From 2002-2009, Michael built one of the world’s first agencies devoted to strategic storytelling – working on message architecture for clients like NASA, Ernst & Young, Marriott, and YWCA. Today, he’s at the forefront of the business storytelling movement. In addition to Fortune 500 advisory work and training, Michael oversees an educational platform with online ecourses, virtual conferences, and live workshops that advance the field.
Michael’s book, Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators, has been read by over 20,000 people and endorsed by leaders from Saatchi & Saatchi, Ashoka, and IBM. Michael began his career as a social entrepreneur, co-founding two Digital Divide nonprofits – before the age of 23. His work and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, BrandWeek, and Storytelling Magazine, among other places. Michael was born in Ohio, grew up in Switzerland & Los Angeles, and now considers New York City home. Michael is left-handed, color blind, and eats more chocolate than the average human.
Tristan is our resident process expert. He oversees project 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.
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 Celebration Health, California State Library, Davidsohn, 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.
An organizer at heart, Jodi oversees project management and support systems 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 distributing 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 Capitola, California.
Kat Koppett is a Get Storied compatriot and the eponymous founder of Koppett + Company, (www.koppett.com) a training and consulting company specializing in the use of theatre and storytelling techniques for individual and organizational performance. Her book on how to use improvisational theatre techniques for organizational development, Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership and Learning, is considered a seminal work in the field of Applied Improv, and is used in organizations around the world. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and has worked with executives, teachers, administrators, doctors, engineers, lawyers and young people of all sorts. Kat has designed and delivered training such diverse clients as Chanel, Prezi, GE, Kaiser-Permanente, Apple, Glens Falls Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Eli Lilly, and The Farm Bureau in places such as India, Brazil, Paris and Oklahoma. Her areas of specialty include leadership and communication skills, creativity and innovation, teamwork and conflict resolution, and presentation coaching.
Kat has presented at ASTD, ISPI, NSA, the YPA, and many other organizations with initials. She has spoken twice at TEDx conferences on the use of improv to enhance non-theatrical performance, and has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, RPI and Skidmore.
Kat is a founding member of the Applied Improvisation Network and the Co-Director of The Mop & Bucket Theatre company, (www.mopco.org) the NY State Capital Region’s premiere improvisational theatre company. TheatreWeek Magazine named Kat one of the year’s “Unsung Heroes” for her creation of the completely improvised musical format, “Spontaneous Broadway”.
Jeanne Hurlbert, Sociologist
Jeanne Hurlbert, PhD is an expert in survey research, social networks, and social media. Jeanne has served on the faculty of Louisiana State University for more than 20 years, where she taught social science and marketing students how to read people’s minds with surveys and directed the Louisiana Population Data Center Survey Research Lab. She has used survey research to study how individuals’ social networks affect such things as job-finding, job satisfaction, access to social support, and health. This research has been funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and published in top social science and health journals.
She is co-founder of MySurveyExpert.com, which helps organizations better understand their audience’s world, perceptions, and thinking. Her clients include The Tony Robbins Companies, John Assaraf, Joe Polish, Andy Jenkins, Traffic Geyser, and three New York Times bestselling authors. She has been featured or quoted in such media as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, USA Today, Oprah and Friends, Forbes.com, and The History Channel. She earned her MA and PhD degrees at the University of North Carolina.
We collaborate with a growing network of world-class creatives who share our passion for the power of transformational storytelling. This includes more than 50 top designers, filmmakers, copywriters, web developers, and content marketers. If you’d like to explore joining our creative network, email collaborate at getstoried.com