Story Telling Workshop Facilitators

July 17, 2017

We are honored to announce Jose Faus, Catina Taylor, and Laura Packer as our storytelling facilitators on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 10:30AM-12:30PM. Choose from a variety of workshops: How to Tell A Personal Story, Introduction to Storytelling Fundamentals, or Getting to the Why, How to Frame an Inspiring Story.

Workshop Descriptions

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José Faus

José Faus is a native of Bogota, Colombia and longtime Kansas City resident. He received degrees in Studio Art/Painting and Creative Writing/Journalism from UMKC. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and serves on the boards of The Writers Place, Latino Writers Collective and Nuevo Eden.

He maintains a studio practice at caridostudio in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. He has been involved in many mural works in the Kansas City area and Mexico and most recently Bolivia, where he received a cultural ambassador grant from the U.S. State Department.

Laura Packer

Laura Packer is a world-renowned storyteller and trainer. She has won numerous awards for her performances, leadership and work with organizations, including the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for Service and Leadership.

She has worked with technical organizations, non-profits, for-profit advocacy groups, educational organizations, governmental organizations and more. In the course of this work, Laura has helped individual stakeholders become more confident and better team members, teams break out of ruts and solve problems, and organizations articulate their mission. Laura continues to perform ground breaking stories around the world, teaches young, old, professional and newcomers alike, and passionately believes that organizations and people have stories to tell.

Catina Taylor

Catina Taylor is an entrepreneur who is developing a problem-based learning school for K-12 youth. Catina K. Taylor, realized that the joy of learning was being drained from the students she was interacting with.  Students weren’t able to DREAM or imagine themselves with value or hope.  As they matriculated through their educational experience, they were and continue to be disengaged to the point that they literally check out.  Their lack of academic progress shows this on standardized tests, increased suspension rates, and poor school spirit.

From those observations and in conducting numerous student and parent interviews, DREAMS was born. She has spoken at major speaking engagements such as The Lean Lab, The IMatter Experience, Startup Weekend, Ceed Panel and more. Through Catina’s speaking engagements she has transformed the lives of others.

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