“It is in bringing ourselves to a story to try to understand the story that in fact we might begin to understand ourselves.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Story can be a powerful change agent.  Whether working in profit or non profit lani-workshop-1-600xorganizations, with CEOs or guests in a shelter, I strive to bring participants to a profound understanding of what story is, why it is important, and how to use it intentionally to change people’s lives.

All workshops are highly interactive and experiential, engaging participants to learn about themselves as they learn about story. Read on to learn more about sample workshops and recent clients who have benefited from them.

Clients include: Center for Creative Leadership, Boston University, World Presidents’ Organization, U-Mass Medical Center, Brandeis University, Dana Farber, Boston Medical Center, Kripalu Center, City Mission Society, Devon Energy, Eaton Corp, Seven Hills Foundation, Citizens Schools, Hildebrand Family Self- Help Center, Berkeley School of Music, Roxbury Youth Works, Quota International, Hawaii Talk Story Festival, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Northeast UU Religious Educators, National Storytelling Conference, National Society of Drama Therapy, National Storytelling Festival, Northeast Storytelling Conference.

Workshop Topics Include:

Leading with Story: Maximizing Your Presence and Influence

Effective leaders have the ability to engage and motivate their staff, articulate the current challenges and opportunities of the organization and imagine future initiatives that will inspire others to follow. Whether your goal is to establish leadership presence, articulate a vision, initiate a change, story is the catalyst. This workshop helps you learn why and how. Listen to a webinar prepared for the Communications Department at Eaton Corp on:
                                             Leading with Story: Engaging People and Organizations

The Inside Story: What to Know Before You Tell

Exploring your story roots to gain insight into what motivates, sustains, challenges and inspires you; then knowing which parts to tell to reach the right people at the right time for the right reason.


From Thin to Thick: Changing the Inside Story

Brain science informs us of story’s role in categorizing, making meaning and judging all experiences that come our way. When that process leads you to be triggered, stuck or paralyzed, story can be the key to get you moving forward again.


The Self-Aware Leader: Developing Emotional Intelligence through Story

Emotional intelligence is recognized as an essential leadership skill, but its translation into action often requires an interpreter or guide. Whether your role is as co-worker, manager, colleague or spouse, this story-filled overview of E.Q. (Emotional Quotient) will help put theory into action.


Your Internal Board of Directors

Whose voices (and stories) do you carry within and how do they influence your thoughts and actions? How can you shift your internal board of advisors to maximize your strengths, give yourself support, and motivate you towards where you want to go?


From Re-Membering to Renewal: Harnessing the Healing Power of Story

Some of our defining stories are sustaining narratives, providing the perspective, clarity and courage to carry us where we want to go; others become constraining stories, filled with messages that keep us paralyzed, anxious, or self-limited. Understand what leads a story to become constraining and how to shift it towards a story that sustains, motivates, and empowers.


Story as a Tool for Social Change

I develop customized workshops to help participants find and share the stories which break down barriers and build understanding across groups, cultures and communities. I have been an ongoing developer and facilitator of the Public Voice Project through the City Mission Society of Boston. As previously unheard voices share their stories of homelessness, incarceration, poverty, and violence in public forums, there is greater insight, understanding, and motivation towards social action for both tellers and the community of listener.   You might enjoy listening to this radio interview between Lani and Ann Halward about:

                                                                  Helping Prisoners Tell Their Stories


Your Enduring Legacy

Through increasing awareness of the underlying stories that have shaped your values, influenced your behavior, and informed your actions, you can begin authoring the future stories that you would like to be told one day about you. Listen below for an interviewwith Purposeful Planning Institute on:

                             LifeLegacy Conversations, Inspiring Action Through Story


Story as a Pathway to the Soul

For ministers and religious educators, how to understand, evolve and deliver the guiding stories that emanate from our rich traditions, bridging our understanding of both who we are and who we can be.