Next Skills-Based Session: Personal Storytelling and Enlisting Others in Your Cause

“So what are your plans after college?” It’s a question many seniors dread even if they know the answer. It feels like you’re being sized up by the person asking the question—it almost feels like a dare. “Answer correctly or be judged!”

In the Sullivan Foundation’s upcoming Skills-Based Sessions masterclass, facilitator Reagan Pugh and his team of coaches will help students learn to convey their personal stories in an effective and compelling way. Titled “How to Tell Your Story & Enlist Others in Your Cause,” the session takes place at 12 noon (ET), Wednesday, April 21. It’s free and open to the public.

Click here to sign up for this free Skills-Based session.

The truth is, giving the “right answer” to that question isn’t the problem. The problem has to do with what you believe about yourself and recognizing your skills and interests. If you have a better idea of who you are, what you care about and what you’re capable of, you can answer with confidence.

In the upcoming session, you’ll learn about the right mindsets you need to tell your story as well as strategies to reflect on your life and future path, all in order to communicate with clarity and confidence.

As co-founder of Assemble, Reagan Pugh has delivered workshops and keynote speeches on personal effectiveness and leadership development around the country. Prior to the launch of Assemble, he was chief storyteller for the innovation consulting firm, Kalypso, and guided initiatives on storytelling, culture and leadership development at companies like Nike, Pepsico and Kimberly Clark.

Pugh is a past workshop facilitator at the Sullivan Foundation’s Ignite Retreats and has designed leadership courses for Texas State University, Trinity University and Angelo State University.

Other coaches participating in the Skills-Based Sessions include Sam Vaghar of the Millennium Campus Network; Dustin Liu, the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; Jonathan Kibe, founder of the LOVE Project; Ben Zapchenk, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and English-as-a-Second Language instructor in Marrakech, Morrocco; fundraiser and marketer Danielle Biggs; human rights activist Ashley Madrigal; Brandi Jordan, founder of Remote Ramblers; Jordan Reeves, founder of VideoOut; Mentor Dida, a movement-building consultant to the UN; Megan Truman of City Year, D.C.; Marcela Fernandez, brand ambassador for Selina, one of the world’s top startups serving the digital nomad community; international consultant Sara Hoy; and Luz Cabrera of Young People For, a program of the People for the American Way Foundation.

Learn more about the Skills-Based Sessions coaches here.

Alexis Taylor Discusses Systems Thinking and Changemaking in Feb. 25 Ignite Masterclass

Alexis Taylor, a global leader in activating and connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic prosperity, returns as a guest speaker in the Sullivan Foundation’s next Ignite Masterclass, titled “How Systems Thinking Translates to Tangible Change.”

The virtual Ignite Masterclass, which is free and open to the public, will be held in two sessions on Thursday, Feb. 25. Session 1 starts at 10 a.m., and session 2 follows at 2 p.m. (ET). Click here to register for session 1 and click here to register for session 2.

Related: Learn more about Sullivan Foundation’s full Ignite Masterclass schedule for Spring 2021. 

Taylor is a member of the Austin, Texas hub of the Global Shapers Community, a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community spans 430 city-based hubs in 150 countries. She is the former director for global engagement at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and a past Ignite Retreat facilitator and mentor.

For the Feb. 25 Ignite Masterclass, Taylor will share her insights on systems thinking and changemaking. Creating tangible change on the ground requires a comprehensive systems view on the challenges you aim to solve. Based on her work around the world, Taylor will share how to approach systems thinking and apply it to a multitude of settings, from launching social ventures to engaging as a local activist.

Each Ignite Masterclass also features about a dozen coaches who will offer changemaking insights and help participants develop and implement their own ideas for action and personal improvement. Professors and their classes from across the Sullivan Foundation network of partner schools participate in the masterclasses as well.

In her role with GEN, Taylor advocated for ecosystem builders and “all those who empower the world’s doers, makers and dreamers,” according to the GEN website. The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere, to start and scale a business.

Prior to her work with GEN, Taylor was the CEO and president of Austin, Texas-based 3 Day Startup, a global entrepreneurship education program, which she helped scale to more than 500 programs and expanded to Australia, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Taylor has been recognized by the U.S. State Department and the World Economic Forum as a leader in empowering people and communities through entrepreneurship.

The Ignite Masterclasses boost students’ confidence in their ability to create positive change in their communities and have earned high praise from participants.

Aeden Rowell, a student at Sullivan Foundation partner school Brenau University, said a recent masterclass with Dustin Liu, UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations, served as “a good reminder that I can make an impact even though I’m just one person.”

Deanna Joseph, another Brenau University student, gave the Liu masterclass a top rating of 10 out of 10 and said the session taught her “that you don’t have to choose just one passion—pick multiple things that get you excited and motivated to make change.”