Susan is recognized as a top speaker on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. She has given 100s of presentations to corporate audiences worldwide.
Sue’s passion for the American vision of “equal opportunity for all” started in high school when she became part of an interracial Civil Rights youth group. She was trained by adults who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he lived in Chicago. With these adult mentors, Sue traveled to the Black side of Chicago’s color line and listened to radically different stories from those she had heard in her all-white, working-class neighborhood. Her quest for a way to bridge people’s different perspectives and experiences began.
Since then, Sue has continued to give keynote addresses plus design and teach seminars and webinars in diversity, equity and inclusion for Fortune 500 companies. She is a sought-after expert on racial justice issues and has appeared on such media programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune.
Sue is the author of seven books including Avoiding Cross-Cultural Mistakes. In addition, O’Halloran is a producer and director of multicultural performances and internationally recognized films. She brings her storytelling expertise to her engaging keynotes and seminars. In the storytelling community she has been honored by The National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence award for her entertaining and absorbing performances.
Mara Menzies is an award winning performance storyteller whose dynamic, colourful style brings this ancient artform to life.
She has been invited to share stories in 27 countries with her latest production, ‘Blood and Gold’ exploring the legacy of colonialism and slavery through myth, legend, and fantasy. It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 as part of the Made in Scotland showcase and was one of 5 shows nominated for the Filipa Braganca award for best emerging solo female performance, receiving rave reviews from top theatre critics.
Mara draws on her rich cultural heritage to create stories that explore our deepest fears, joys, loves, jealousies, passions, and mysteries. She finds the truths about humanity in stories. She creates bespoke stories informing, inspiring, and entertaining.
She is the founder of the Kwale Sculpture Park and Heritage Trail in Mbegani Village at the Kenyan coast, creating a heritage trail that demonstrates the beauty and richness of the local culture and stories alongside Mbegani Rising, a unique community development organization.
Carolina is a Colombian Bilingual Storyteller Performer, Podcaster and Author, who graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Her vast repertoire of bilingual stories explores the Myths, Legends, Folktales, Historical and Literary Tales of Latin America. She has performed at several regional festivals and conferences in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, and Kansas City. Also, she has told stories at numerous schools, libraries, universities, and colleges to culturally and socially diverse audiences.
In early 2019, Carolina’s bilingual literary podcast “Tres Cuentos,” dedicated to the literary, historical, and traditional narratives of Latin America, received numerous grants. In September 2019, Carolina published her first book on Aztec myths, “The Hungry Goddess and The Five Suns.” A month later, she was a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland. She was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, USA, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling.” The story of Liz’s journey begins back in the 1970s. As Children’s Librarian for the City of Belfast, she learned about the healing power of storytelling. Liz has told stories to people of all ages on five continents. She has performed in pubs, prisons, and hospital rooms. She’s worked on stages in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station and in the Royal Albert Hall.
Storyteller, author, and teaching artist Lyn Ford shares creative, often interactive programs and workshops through the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Thurber House writing camps, and festivals and conferences across the country and beyond the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Lyn is a two-time recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. Her “Boo-Tickle Tales” was a 2018 Storytelling World Resources Honor Award winner.