Brave New Workshop Seminar Inspires Women to Actively Co-Create Their Work Environments

The "Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter" takes place April 16, 2013. This interactive workshop dives into the world of improvisation to help women increase confidence, improve communication and collaboration, and find their authentic presence.
Feb. 13, 2013 - PRLog -- Minneapolis, MN, – Elena Imaretska and the Brave New Workshop (BNW) are pleased to announce a new personal and professional development seminar, Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter, will take place April 16, 2013, from 9am-noon at the Brave New Workshop ETC in downtown Minneapolis.

After more than a decade of sharing the mindset and behaviors of improvisation with some of the largest companies in the world, BNW’s Creative Outreach division launches a seminar program designed for women and focused on individual learning. Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter is a three-hour interactive workshop that gives women an opportunity to re-frame their thinking, gain self-awareness and focus on their goals as opposed to distracting cultural, social or internal perceptions. Participants are led to exercise their authentic voice with confidence and intuition in order to increase their effectiveness as leaders, communicators, collaborators, creative thinkers, problem solvers, and citizens.  

The workshop is intended for those who answer yes to one or more of the following questions:
• Do you ever stop yourself from sharing an idea in a meeting?
• Do you ever doubt your ability to present in front of a group of people and influence them?
• Do you feel caught off-guard and at a loss for words?
• Are you battling unhealthy perfectionism?
• Have you caught yourself focusing on the three things you don't have instead of the seven you do have?
• Do you sometimes do what is "expected" rather than what feels right and truthful?
• Do you have a tendency to hold back when an opportunity to soar appears?

Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter is led by BNW alum and applied improvisational trainer Margi Simmons. Simmons, a professional improviser and former BNW actress, has spent the last several years honing her skills as a trainer and speaker for hundreds of companies and organizations. She will be joined by BNW owner Jenni Lilledahl, artistic director Katy McEwen and resident company member Lauren Anderson – all incredibly successful women in a male-dominated comedy industry. Hosting the session will be Elena Imaretska, vice president of New Products, Partnerships and Sustainability for the Brave New Workshop.

Business Listing Information:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 9am-12pm
WHERE:  Brave New Workshop Experimental Thinking Centre (ETC), 824 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapolis, 55403
DURATION: 3 hours of active, on-your-feet, personal development training
COST:  $129/person

About Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter Seminars
Authenticity at the Speed of Laughter is a three-hour interactive workshop that dives into the world of improvisation so that participants acquire skills to increase confidence, practice using an authentic voice, improve communication and collaboration, and generate ideas on the spot. Working in an environment of creative safety and laughter, attendees will practice the behaviors and mindset that allow improvisers to produce great results in high-stress situations - and then bridge them to their own life at work and at home.

About Brave New Workshop Creative Outreach
As the business services component of the Brave New Workshop (BNW), the Creative Outreach team bridges the mindset and practice of improvisational theatre to the workplace. Whether addressing process, culture, or behavior, the team works to incite change, address specific challenges, generate enthusiasm, increase loyalty, improve productivity, build better teams and spark innovation, confidence and creativity in the individual. Led by BNW owner John Sweeney, the team offers a variety of professional services including public seminars, keynote speeches, interactive training, master of ceremonies, scripted comedy, live performance, webcasts, video vignettes and messaging. All are punctuated by the Brave New Workshop’s historic brand of humor and professionally delivered by savvy speakers, trainers and performers. More information is available at

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