Drive learning and leadership through your own stories!

When: August 10-12, 2022
Where: Denver, CO

StoryMakers gives you the opportunity to learn some basic storytelling skills you can use to better understand your own self, connect with others, and to lead as you pursue your entrepreneurial mindset (EM) fueled ideas.

StoryMakers will raise awareness of how stories can be used to drive learning, including about EM, and to develop some basic skills for how to craft and share personal stories for this purpose.

Workshop full, registration closed.

3 Key Takeaways:

Everything you learn from the facilitation and coaching team and other participants can be immediately applied to your context and topics of interest.

  • Learn the five key features of stories that drive learning.

  • Craft and share with conviction a personal story that has these features.

  • Provide feedback on others' stories and use feedback to improve your own stories.

The StoryMakers Workshop Sequence of Courses

These three courses are completed before, during, and following the August 10-12, 2022 Meetup

  • 1. Quickstart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the central ideas of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) and consider how to apply them within your courses and curriculum. The facilitation team has customized your introduction to EM with examples and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and portion of the workshop, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be in-person! Up to thirty participants will meet in Denver, CO from August 10-12, 2022. Learning from each other is always one of the most valuable and memorable parts of any workshop sequence. Individual participants will arrive — and a community will emerge.

  • 3. Press Onward

    Pressing Onward can be transformative. The course includes a series of online meetings with other participants and members of the facilitation team. The ample time between meetings affords an opportunity to develop your ideas and experiment. Get real results as you apply what you learned and share discoveries along the way. When complete, you'll publish a card on to serve as a resource for the community.

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Joe Le Doux

Joe Le Doux is a Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University where he is the Executive Director of Learning and Training. His research interests are in student-centered pedagogical approaches including the problem solving studio and story-driven learning. Dr. Le Doux’s current research is focused on understanding how students experience the problem-solving studio (PSS) environment, and how these experiences affect their approaches to learning within the PSS course, as well as in subsequent courses. He earned a B.S. and M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.


Kurt Paterson

There was a time when Kurt Paterson was a kid with endless questions, a love for learning, and considerable confusion about how he could help. Now he's older, but other than, about the same. Yet as a first-generation college student, he has engaged with the world in ways he could never have imagined as a kid getting lost in the fields and in thought. Kurt currently serves as Senior Sustainability Advisor to the U.S. Department of State leading a number of climate change efforts. Recently, he was Head of Engineering at James Madison University, transforming the program to one that is nationally recognized, more diverse, and focused on the whole person. He has been on the faculty at four other universities and has led many programs, resulting in his students helping communities in 42 countries. He serves on numerous national collaborations to advance higher education, and as mentor to faculty and educational startups nationwide. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, and loves spending his time capturing the overlooked in photos, stretching himself by learning new musical instruments, and reveling in the moment with his wife, daughters, and friends.


Janece Shaffer

Janece Shaffer leverages her two decades of experience as a nationally produced, award-winning playwright and a sought-after brand strategist to teach others how to create impactful narratives through her company, StoryReady. In addition to working with companies like Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, Georgia Pacific and Emory University, Janece has spent the last four years collaborating with Georgia Tech’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to create a signature storytelling curriculum which is now required for all students in the program. Janece also recently designed and led a story-based, year-long leadership program for more than 100 engineering educators via the KEEN network. For more information on Janece’s work, visit