What's your story? Tips and Tools for Powerful Story Telling

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There are no limits to the power of a great story.

Stories can inspire, drive community, and give rise to movements.

So what is the story of your organization?

Whether you are fundraising for a nonprofit, organizing a marketing campaign, or starting your own business, the strength of your narrative will determine your success in connecting with your audience.

Join us on Tuesday, May 10th, as Grace Rodriguez (http://twitter.com/gracerodriguez), Co-Founder+Culture at Station Houston (http://stationhouston.org/), and Roslynn Velasquez, Community Outreach Officer at Black Sheep Agency, (http://theblacksheepagency.com/) fire up the storytelling of your organization.

During this presentation our speakers will dive into:

• Identifying the powerful stories of your organization

• Creating a culture of storytelling

• The attributes of a great story

• Tools for digital story telling

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Grace Rodriguez (http://gracerodriguez.com) - Co-Founder + Culture Conductor at Station Houston (http://stationhouston.org/)

Forging a path from neuroscience and design to branding, from government and politics to social entrepreneurship, and from community organizing and coworking to venture capital and STEAM acceleration, Grace Rodriguez has earned hands-on expertise in conference and event development, leadership and team optimization, business and social innovation, and design thinking and lean startup processes.

Grace is Co-Founder and Culture Conductor of Station Houston (http://stationhouston.com), founding member of the Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Committee, an Advisor for the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMC|X) (http://www.tmcinnovation.org/tmc-x/), and Board Member for Writers In The Schools (http://witshouston.org). She serves Houston’s creative+tech community as co-founder/co-organizer of: Women In Tech: Houston (https://www.facebook.com/WITHoustonOrg/), C2 Create (http://c2create.org), COHouston, TEDxYouth@Houston and TEDxHouston (https://www.facebook.com/TEDxHouston/). Grace has also served numerous nonprofit organizations and social justice initiatives as a board member and volunteer.

Grace is passionate about serving and supporting diverse communities, and has served on the boards of and volunteered for numerous arts, economic development, and service organizations. Grace advocates for stronger integrative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs, especially in early education; for inclusion and empowerment of diverse individuals and communities through open platforms; and for innovative uses of science and technology to foster social equity.

Roslynn Velasquez - Community Outreach Officer at Black Sheep Agency (http://theblacksheepagency.com/)

Roslynn is the Community Outreach Officer at the Black Sheep Agency, a cause-driven brand shop that activates communities around brands, organizations and projects that matter. She is a connector and relationship builder for clients, constantly seeking opportunities to see the organizations she works with find ways to grow their impact through collaboration, bold partnerships and community centric marketing.

A self-appointed Houston native (she was born in Ohio, but got here as quick as she could), she is an advocate for the city and the organizations, people and business doing great things here. Prior to Black Sheep, she drove community building and marketing at the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a nonprofit technology accelerator.

Roslynn graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. During her time at Texas A&M she worked with the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurships, which spurred her passion for small business and cause-driven work.

NONPROFITS: Join the #Storymakers2016 Challenge for the potential to win $7000 in prizes for your organization! Learn more: http://ow.ly/10189g (http://ow.ly/10189g)

Storymakers is the name of the digital campaign, run by TechSoup, to increase storytelling capacity for the nonprofit sector and demonstrate the power of digital storytelling. TechSoup has been running this campaign for six years, combining an education curriculum, webinars, workshop events, contests, and galas.

Storymakers 2016 contest opens April 4, 2016, for submissions and closes May 31, 2016. It is open to libraries, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations -- submissions may be by an individual or an organization. Check http://www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives (https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techsoup.org%2Fcommunity%2Fcommunity-initiatives&sa=D&ust=1458167968965000&usg=AFQjCNFRv4F4xjmrsEIzQR_h7vNjwolREQ) to be notified when the contest opens.

Story Telling Resources: http://www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives/storymakers-resources


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