Lisa Lipkin is the CEO of Story Strategies, a consultancy that helps organizations and individuals find and tell their most essential stories. She is one of the most innovative story strategists in the consulting industry, using original techniques to find and cultivate great stories from even the most reluctant tellers. What makes her work so unique today is that it is informed by decades in the field as a storyteller, writer, and workshop leader.
Throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Lisa traveled to the most challenging neighborhoods in New York City, creating storytelling workshops in men’s’ homeless shelters, in after school programs for children of sexual abuse, for battered women living in safe houses in Queens, and with refugees throughout the five boroughs. It was during these early days in the field that she developed Indirect Story Prompts, an original strategy for extracting stories in a safe, non-threatening way. This technique would later become a core strategy in her work with businesses.
In 2008 Ms. Lipkin moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she established and developed her consultancy, Story Strategies, helping organizations throughout Europe use storytelling for maximum impact. In 2018, she returned to the USA, but continues to work internationally with clients that include Shel Oil, Aegon, Colgate Palmolive, The Dutch Development Bank, and The University of Amsterdam, among others. Her articles and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine the New Yorker. She is the author of Bringing the Story Home: The Complete Guide to Storytelling for Parents, and the editor of five books of American poetry. She currently resides in New York City.