20 minutes in 2020 (EP4) with Kelly Leonard on Virtual Workshops & Team Building

April 10th, 2020 | hereschicago

Kelly Leonard (Bio):

Kelly Leonard is the Executive Director of Learning and Applied Improvisation at Second City
Works. His book, “Yes, And: Lessons from The Second City” was released to critical acclaim in
2015 by HarperCollins and was praised by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair who called it “…an
excellent guide to the lessons that have bubbled up in Second City’s improv workshops.” Kelly
is a popular speaker on the power of improvisation to transform people’s lives. He has
presented at The Aspen Ideas Festival, The Code Conference,TEDx Broadway, Chicago Ideas
Festival, The Stanford Graduate School of Business and for companies such as Coca Cola,
Microsoft, Twitter, Memorial Sloan Kettering and DDB Worldwide. Kelly co-created an initiative
with the Center for Decision Research at the Booth School at the University of Chicago, The
Second Science Project, that looks at behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. He
also hosts the podcast, “Getting to Yes, And,” for Second City Works and WGN radio that
features interviews with academics, authors and leaders such as Brene Brown, Adam Grant,
Michael Lewis, Lindy West, Ash Carter and Amy Edmondson.  For over twenty years, Kelly oversaw Second City’s live theatrical divisions where he helped generate original productions with such talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Steve Carell, Keegan Michael Key, Amy Sedaris, Adam McKay and others. In 2019, Arts Alliance Illinois awarded Kelly and his wife Anne Libera with their Creative Voice Award.

Twitter: @KLsecondcity

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