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About

We teach you to tell the stories only you can tell to achieve personal, professional and community breakthroughs.

We’re leading a movement to replace empty words with vibrant, personal stories and writing.

We’ve taught more than 100,000 people from 23 countries to tell their stories and achieve their individual and shared dreams, and we want to teach you!

 

 

 

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THE PEOPLE

Meet The Team

Meet the inspiring folks working for Story2 and listen to their stories.

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Carol Barash, PhD

CEO and Founder

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Carol Barash, PhD

CEO and Founder

3 SENTENCE STORY |  "My freshman English teacher said, ‘You’ll never be able to write well enough to major in English.” “If I want to write better,” I asked, “what should I do?” I’ve been conquering writing ever since.“

EDUCATION |  B.A., English, Yale University, Scholar of the House summa cum laude; M.A., English, University of Virginia; PhD, Princeton.

EXPERIENCE |  Award-winning author, English + Women’s Studies prof at Princeton, Michigan, Rutgers. Started building “Digital Humanities” online communities in 1994 to get women writers into classrooms. 10 years in online marketing + community building. Goldman Sachs 10KSB. Techstars.

FUN FACT |   I stayed up all night one Saturday in Jerusalem and Sunday AM walked down the Mount of Olives and prayed in 8 different churches.

Jon Williams, CTO

Jon Williams

CTO

Jon Williams, CTO

Jon Williams

CTO

3 SENTENCE STORY |  “I came to the New York from Australia many years ago and stayed. I have worked as CTO for many organizations, aligning technology planning to business strategy. I enjoy telling my technology stories and having fun along the way.”

EDUCATION |  B.Sc., Comp Sci, University of Melbourne, Australia

EXPERIENCE |  Began career as a C programmer for Newspaper systems. CTO at Kaplan Test Prep, iVillage/NBC, Experian CheetahMail and Grey Healthcare. Co-founder of the New York CTO Club. Mentor in Columbia University Masters in Technology Management.

FUN FACT |   I am a volunteer firefighter.

Michael Elka | Director of Learning Experiences

Michael Elka

Director of Learning Experiences

Michael Elka | Director of Learning Experiences

Michael Elka

Director of Learning Experiences

3 SENTENCE STORY |   “I left NYC and Story2 in 2011. 5 years worth of stories from my students, colleagues, and trainees later, I’m back home to spread the gospel of tale-telling. Here to stay.”

EDUCATION |  B.A., Philosophy, Macaulay Honors College @ CUNY; M.S.Ed., Teaching and Learning, The Johns Hopkins School of Education

EXPERIENCE |  Taught 5th grade reading and social studies with TFA in Houston, Texas. Worked as a district-level literacy coach & curriculum writer in the Houston Independent School District’s Department of Secondary Curriculum and Development.

FUN FACT |   Amateur cheesemaker.

Susan Mishiyev

Susan Mishiyev

Learning Experience Coordinator

Susan Mishiyev

Susan Mishiyev

Learning Experience Coordinator

3 SENTENCE STORY | “'The neuroscience of storytelling.' The moment I heard Carol say those four words, I was certain I belonged at Story2. One day, I’m going to help those with mental illness tell their stories on the little couch of my private practice.”   

EDUCATION |  B.A., Neuroscience, Biology, Smith College.

EXPERIENCE |  Worked as a research assistant in a molecular biology laboratory for a year and as an administrative assistant at a jewelry company for two.

FUN FACT |   I’ve hiked the Norwegian fjords and spend my free time rock climbing.

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Alex Biczak

Engineer

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Alex Biczak

Engineer

3 SENTENCE STORY |  It took me 24 years to figure out that I wanted to be a Software Engineer.  I gave up three times before I finally understood recursion.  If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

EDUCATION |  Children’s Garden Pre-School

EXPERIENCE |  Self-Taught JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.  Worked as a Contractor for Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

FUN FACT |   I am in the Top 1% of Hearthstone players in The Americas, and used to be a Twitch / YouTube Broadcaster.

Brook Stanton, Coaching Coordinator

Brook Stanton

Coaching Coordinator

Brook Stanton, Coaching Coordinator

Brook Stanton

Coaching Coordinator

3 SENTENCE STORY |  "I live in a secluded forest by the Brooklyn Bridge. I am writing a book about the way humans share space with other animals. Three of my students were admitted to their reach colleges this year and credit their essays with their success.”

EDUCATION |  B.A., Philosophy, Reed College; M.A., PhD (in progress) Modern European Intellectual History, Cornell University.

EXPERIENCE |  Taught for eight years as a full time faculty member of the Writing Program at Rutgers University, and for two years at the Knight Writing Institute at Cornell University.

FUN FACT |   I lived for a year on a trawler in the Bering Sea between the Aleutian Islands and Siberia.

Meghan Keane

Meghan Keane

Designer

Meghan Keane

Meghan Keane

Designer

3 SENTENCE STORY |  I moved to New York to study fashion. The sunset on the Andes prompted me to scrap architecture aspirations. 2018 will be the 14th year running my art/design studio and my 10th year collaborating with Story2.

EDUCATION |  B.F.A. Brooklyn College, Parsons School of Design

EXPERIENCE |  Regular guest critic in the arch and art departments at Parsons, Pratt, Brooklyn College; exclusively work with supporting the vision of innovative clients; work has been published in the NYT and regularly published by Broadsided Press in collaboration with poets; prints of Colombian paintings are permanently installed at Princeton University.

FUN FACT |  Growing up in Minnesota, everyone would drink milk with dinner.

Need to reach one of us directly? Reach out via the contact form at the bottom of the page and we'll get back to you!

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Schools + Orgs 
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NYC Department of Education 
City University of New York 
Yale-Bridgeport Partnership 
University of Rochester 
Rutgers Preparatory School 
SEED Foundation 
"I Have a Dream" Foundation


 

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TESTIMONIALS

What People Say

  • If everyone used the Story2 Moments Method®, admissions officers would have to take every student’s essay seriously.
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    Steve LeMenager

    former Director of Admissions | Princeton University

  • I knew that storytelling in the business world is so misunderstood and undervalued and that there would be a real opportunity to give my team and I the competitive advantage that could translate to more business if we could emotionally connect and resonate with our clients by telling stories about how our brand could impact lives, change lives and make a difference in their business.

    Lori Burgess

    Publisher | Prevention and Prevention.com

  • The night my brother gave up the life of a gang member, my life changed too. How could I write about that and not sound like a cliché? Story2 taught me to write authentically about things that are extremely personal for me and my family.
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    Joel Burt-Miller

    Brandeis ‘16, Fulbright ‘17

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