Storytelling for changemakers: Making an impact with your story

March 2, 2018 / By: Cynthia Sarver
Tell Me About Yourself Book Cover
Book Cover: Holley Murchison's Tell Me About Yourself: Six Steps for Accurate and Artful Self-Definition


Storytelling allows established changemakers to inspire others to support their cause, but rarely is the art of constructing a powerful narrative also viewed as a key first step in becoming a changemaker. Discovering one’s own story can help reveal our “inner changemaker” – to ourselves and others. Embracing the characteristics, gifts, and experiences that make each of us uniquely who we are can also shine a light on how we are poised to make a positive difference in the world, each in our own way. In an “everyone a changemaker world” (Ashoka’s mission), we all have a unique story to tell and contribution to make. At the University of St. Thomas, an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, we are committed to supporting Ashoka’s mission and to helping all Tommies discover a unique path toward making change for the Common Good.

On Tuesday night (3/6/18), master storyteller and social entrepreneur, Holley M. Murchison, will facilitate a workshop geared toward helping Tommies discover and tell their stories with authenticity and impact. Holley’s own story -- of how she developed from an introverted kid in Harlem to become the founder and CEO of Oratory Glory, a social enterprise devoted to public speaking, storytelling, and “giving a megaphone to the marginalized” – is a living example of how authentic stories can help us discover the positive difference that we alone are situated to make.

From individuals seeking to find their inner voice and communicate it, to experienced changemakers wanting to hone their elevator pitch, this one-hour workshop is for anyone interested in putting their best foot forward in order to create change.

‌Free copies of Murchison’s Tell Me About Yourself:  Six Steps for Artful Self-Definition will be given to the first 100 attendees!


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Tu March 6 from 6-7 pm

South Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC)

Book signing and meet & greet afterwards


Holley M. Murchison is an author, education producer, and strategist whose work lies at the intersection of communication and culture with a focus on amplifying marginalized voices to catalyze change. Holley’s debut book, Tell Me About Yourself (TMAY), offers a proven 6-step process designed for individuals and teams looking to source and share artful and accurate stories and introductions that build deeper connections and inspire action.


Co-sponsored by the Diveristy Activities Board and the Social Innovation Collaboratory

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

Questions?  See event website.