Ahead of the Fall Showcase, Michigan Ross Student Storytellers Share Why They Love Participating in Story Lab and What They Learn From the Extremely Popular Program
To be an effective leader — at work, in the community, in personal life — one must be able to communicate with impact.
That is the motivation behind one of the most popular programs of students at the Ross School of Business. The Sanger Leadership Center’s Story Lab program develops executive-level presence and communication skills through storytelling workshops and events. Through the programming, students learn to tell stories that are meaningful — using the rich language and expressive style of a seasoned storyteller.
Designed to spotlight diverse voices, while also teaching participants about courage and leadership, Story Lab’s latest event will bring University of Michigan students and other Michigan Ross community members together to listen to powerful, authentic stories told by students on stage.
“Through storytelling, students learn how to communicate with impact, and they leave our program with an experience that accelerates their own leadership development,” said Jeff Domagala, managing director of the Sanger Leadership Center. “Students are invited to take the stage and share their most authentic selves with their peers. It’s a transformative experience that increases their confidence, charisma, and credibility -- helping students forge an impactful personal brand.”
Ahead of the Story Lab Fall Showcase later this month, three of the Ross student storytellers shared what inspired them to participate in Story Lab and what they hope to take away from the experience.
Story theme: Building close friendships can evolve into family-like relationships with mutual love.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Program/year: MBA/MPP ’22
Post-graduation career interest: Facilitate collaboration across public, private, and nonprofit organizations to drive community-level change
Story theme: True progress requires letting go.
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
Program/year: BBA ’23
Post-graduation career interest: Business, music
Story theme: Advocacy; proving doubters wrong
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Program/year: MBA ’23
Post-graduation career interest: Entrepreneurship
The Story Lab Fall Showcase will be on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium at Michigan Ross. RSVP here.
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