Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.
Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 workshops for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others.
He is currently developing curriculum for the College for Social Innovation and recently designed a course on storytelling and presenting skills for the African Leadership University. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles. For more information about his work, please visit www.thegoodmancenter.com.
Katie is a TIME Person of the Year, recognized for her work on the front lines of Ebola. Katie grew up on government assistance in the USA and thought she was poor. Traveling abroad to a developing country for the first time, she realized she was one of the world’s wealthiest people. She had to do something about it…
She led the organization she founded, More Than Me, to win $1MM from the Chase Bank American Giving Awards. In September 2013 she, alongside Nobel Laureate and LiberianPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, cut the ribbon to More Than Me Academy – the first tuitionfree,all-girls school in Liberia. President Sirleaf said, “The number one way an American cansupport Liberia is to help Katie Meyler get all those young girls off the street learning tobecome good professionals.”
Katie introduced Bono to the girls of the West Point slum, received a standing ovation atForbes400, and is raved about by Instagram’s CEO, @Kevin, regarding how she used theplatform to help end Ebola. She moved Ban Ki Moon’s wife, Yoo Soon-taek, to tears speaking at the United Nations. The New York Times, TIME, NBC, CBS, CNN, Vogue, MarieClaire, and the Wall Street Journal have praised her work. She’s spoken on a panel with BillGates on combating Ebola. Some of the largest companies in the world including Exxon,Vitol Group, Ford, and GE champion her efforts. One time, Warren Buffet even jokinglyasked her to marry him. Katie now works to overhaul Liberia’s entire education systemalongside the Ministry of Education. Katie stresses, “Before I’m American, I am human, andno little girl, regardless of where she was born, should be forced to work the streets whenher biggest dream is just to go to school. As Nelson Mandela says, “It always seemsimpossible until it’s done.” Now let’s go do it.
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