SkillsCommons IMPACTcommunity Meeting: StoryTelling Workshop

Concurrent Session 2

Brief Abstract

Data-rich reports often lack the vibrancy needed to communicate impact. It is possible to share your data in a way that is compelling and memorable. Learn how to turn your data into an effervescent story for your next report, presentation, or grant application.
Join the StoryTelling IMPACTcommunity for a hands-on workshop in building your organizations' story. Take the next steps in telling your project's story with the guidance of experienced StoryTellers. Participants will come away with the early stages of their own story development for national audiences. Follow-up support will be provided regarding story completion and refinement, venue delivery, marketing planning, and using the finished story as a communication tool for local project stakeholders. Explore effective storytelling delivery methods such as video, interactive online tools, and eye-catching model construction or consumables.


Nicolette van der Lee is a Program Coordinator at the Office of Continuing Education & Training for workforce, sustainability and contract training programs at University of Hawaii Maui College. Through the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, she coordinates non-credit based community outreach and development activities in sustainability across disciplines including clean energy, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education. She is also a StoryTelling Ambassador for the StoryTelling Network at SkillsCommons, supporting community colleges to share solutions addressing the challenges of offering industry-aligned education and job-driven workforce development. Her current doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University focuses on the sustainability of innovations, and developing strategies to build social networks, successfully engage stakeholders, and achieve sustainable outcomes in higher education.

Extended Abstract