Storytelling: Communication that Inspires & Drives Results

with Jo Lloyd-Triplett, Zuri Johnson, and Lisa Zangari, Leadership Louisville Center

Who it’s for

First-time through upper-level managers who want to learn how to use communication as a transformative leadership tool.

Why this course

Logo: The Leadership Green Room, offering professional development, leadership development and soft skills training, is presented by Republic Bank Foundation

A well-told story captures attention, stirs emotion, and inspires action. What if business communication could do this for your leaders, employees, and stakeholders?

This course will boost your confidence and communications know-how to motivate people toward a vision and make meaningful change. Research shows that it is critical for managers to have strong communication skills to successfully guide their teams, manage up, engage clients, and drive overall productivity.

Throughout history, the greatest leaders have been excellent communicators with the ability to motivate others to work toward a common goal. Whether you need someone to support your organization, invest in your idea, or get excited about following your lead, refining your communication and storytelling skills is directly linked to driving results and engagement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Inspire others to follow your lead through powerful communication
  • Lead meetings that create real value
  • Identify stakeholders for your messages and understand their needs
  • Navigate tough conversations and difficult people through courageous communication
  • Craft and deliver compelling business stories/presentations
  • Refine your tone, style, and presence to better engage your audience

Participants will each give a 2-minute presentation and receive coaching and feedback.


July 27-28, 2022 | 2 days, ($900)


Leadership Louisville Center members receive $100 off – contact us for the discount code.
Become a Green Room package holder and receive discounts of up to 20%. Contact Paul Bolton

This course is available as group training for your organization; it can be delivered as virtual sessions, on-site at your company, or at our state-of-the-art training facility. Learn more

  • “One of the best courses I have ever taken. I am able to take what I learned right away, not only at work but also in my personal life. It helped me improve a presentation I need to deliver at work to an audience of upper-level managers. I am feeling confident and ready.”
    – Alex Molestina, Business Analyst, LG&E and KU Energy

  • “Crafting the story ‘to set the hook’ is key. Great tips on how to get there. This will make my presentations/communications more impactful.”
    – Brian Steffen, Senior Manager, KFC US

  • “This class was such a breath of fresh air! The Leadership Louisville team did an amazing job creating an engaging virtual course that commanded and captivated my attention, even at the end of a work week. Thank you for inspiring me to infuse intentional, strong storytelling tips into everything I do. 10/10 recommend!”
    – Liz Edrington, KFC Founndation

  • “I enjoyed the group breakouts, self reflection, and opportunity to tell a story/give a presentation to a supportive group and receive constructive feedback.”
    – Vince McClendon, Senior Manager, KFC US

  • “This course not only highlighted my strengths but helped me identify my areas of opportunities and gave me the tools to improve! I’m no expert but I’m well on my way to being a better communicator.”
    – Miriam Nally, Events Manager, Greater Louisville Inc.


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has pre-approved this workshop for re-certification credit hours, with the exact number of hours TBA. This program is also valid for PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

Learn more about Continuing Education Units for Leadership Green Room courses

Jo Lloyd-Triplett is the Leadership Development Manager at The Leadership Louisville Center, where she inspires and equips leaders to be better and do better through facilitation, curriculum development, and civic engagement opportunities.

Previously, Jo served as the Executive Director at Sister Cities of Louisville for six years, where she created exchanges in arts and culture, business and trade, youth and education, community development, and humanitarian work that not only encouraged global friendship but helped to tackle the world’s most pressing issues at the local level. She was also instrumental in establishing Louisville’s 9th Sister City.

Prior to this Jo was part of the team that brings the world to Louisville each Labor Day weekend through Worldfest – the region’s largest International festival. Her role also included being a liaison for Louisville Metro Government to the growing immigrant community and representing the Mayor at all international events. Jo served for four years as the United Kingdom ambassador for Greater Louisville Inc. and was also part of their women’s resource group which engaged and connected trailing spouses in Louisville. British born and educated, she holds a BA in languages and economics from the University of Sheffield. The USA has been home since 2004 and is the third country that Jo has called home.

Zuri JohnsonZuri Johnson is the Leadership Development Manager at the Leadership Louisville Center, where she inspires and equips leaders to be better and do better through the design and delivery of innovative and effective leadership development courses, workshops, and talks as well as civic engagement experiences.

Prior to joining the Center, Zuri spent eight years as a training development specialist in professional development in state government with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). There she created the KYTC Minority Internship Program, spearheaded the first state-wide Diversity in Leadership Symposium. She earned her M.P.A with double concentrations in nonprofit organizations and human resource management, and a BA in communications from Kentucky State University.

Zuri founded her women’s empowerment organization, Queenly Behavior, in 2015 where she has facilitated learning and networking opportunities with Christian influences for professional and post-grad women to inspire passion and action steps toward their dreams.

Lisa Zangari

Lisa Zangari is Vice President at the Leadership Louisville Center and is a frequent speaker at events and conferences around the region. The Center is a national leader in civic engagement and leadership development whose purpose is to inspire and equip leaders to BE BETTER and DO BETTER. Her work has been published in TD Magazine and in 2017, Lisa was also recognized as one of Business First’s 20 People to Know in Career Development.

Prior to joining the Center, Lisa spent over a decade as a management consultant in New York City, where she partnered closely with organizations to develop new products, launch new ventures and nurture more innovative corporate cultures. She’s designed numerous leadership programs for companies like AARP, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Citibank, Disney, Hasbro, Pfizer, The Acumen Fund, The Hershey Company, and more. In addition to leading a team in North America, this invigorating work gave Lisa the opportunity to travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Lisa is active in several community organizations and serves on the boards of a local food-access nonprofit, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

Covid-Safe Protocols

The Leadership Louisville Center is currently hosting its Leadership Green Room courses in person. We will be practicing all health and safety protocols as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, and state authorities.

As COVID regulations and policies change, updates to our protocols will be posted here

Contact us

Need more information? Contact Paul Bolton or call (502) 561-0458.