January 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST


This is an online event via Zoom.

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Wise Support 

Wise Wedesday Webinars:

Adding voice to Advocacy. The Secret to Successful Storytelling  

with Katherine Carol and Jerome Deroy

Please join us on Wednesday, January 6 for our webinar, "Adding voice to Advocacy. The Secret to Successful Storytelling", with Katherine Carol and Jerome Deroy

Ever wonder why some people get more opportunities and resources than others?  It could be the story they tell.

In this session, participants will learn from Narativ CEO Jerome Deroy and parent/Subject Matter Expert Katherine Carol, how to craft and tell stories that move their audience into action, to support their cause or become allies. Jerome and Katherine will show how participants can leverage the brain's natural ability to retain information from stories to craft and present their own narratives that pack an emotional punch. They will tell real world stories about the use of storytelling to advocate for people with disabilities, and provide the audience with specific tools and guidelines for listening to their audiences, as well as for crafting stories. 

This 2-hour interactive presentation will demonstrate how participants can take their communication skills to the next level and introduce added value to their own process. 

We will introduce Narativ’s time-tested listening and storytelling method through an example followed by participatory exercises. Participants will gain unusual insight into how listening creates the best storytelling and learn how precise detail generates powerful emotional resonance. They will be encouraged to examine their own purpose for storytelling by asking the question, “Why story? Why now?” and find a refreshing new vantage point on their efforts. They will leave with the structure of a personal story of their own and the skills to develop and polish it.

The audience will practice the Narativ listening and storytelling method through experiential exercises.  

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • Understand how telling a good story helps people with disabilities find jobs, build community connections and friendships.  For families, telling a good story adds rocket fuel to your advocacy and means getting educators and support staff to buy in to your vision and goals
  • Understand why storytelling is such an impactful communication strategy through real world examples
  • Find a new vantage point to articulate what you do and who you are
  • Leave with the knowledge of how to craft and structure a story that resonates emotionally with you and your audiences
  • Worksheets and guidelines to follow beyond the webinar

Do you require an accommodation, materials in alternate format or have inquiries about accessibility in this event? If so, please reach out to support@gowise.org no later than 5pm Friday prior to this webinar. Due to the short turnaround of our webinar series we are unable to accommodate same day requests. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.


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There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 


Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 

Katherine Carol

Katherine lives in Denver, Colorado and is a recognized subject matter expert by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. She is a co-founder of Families at the Forefront of Technology, where she and other parents brought giants from the tech industry together with families and individuals with disabilities in shaping a more accessible and prosperous future through technology.  Katherine currently serves as a co-chair for Colorado's Employment First Advisory Partnership and Chairperson for the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council. Most importantly, she is Mikelle's mom.

Together Mikelle and Katherine tell their story to thousands on The Shining Beautiful Series Podcast and are regular bloggers on Mikelle’s website: www.TheShiningBeautifulSeries.com.


Jerome Deroy
 Jerome Deroy has led more than 1,000 individuals through training programs all over the world from Fortune 500 companies and household non-profit organizations such as UNICEF to Internet based companies and social enterprises. He also teaches the art of storytelling to students in the Design and Management course at Parsons New School of Design. He coaches CEOs, start up entrepreneurs, and program officers in the art of storytelling for pitches, fundraising, presentations and keynote addresses.
 Jerome obtained a Master’s in Business at the European School of Management in Paris, ranked among the top 10 business schools in Europe. After studying in France, Spain and England, he joined the bank BNP Paribas in Hong Kong, where he was marketing manager from 1999 to 2003. He moved to New York in 2004, working as a production manager and distribution coordinator on documentary films.
 In 2006, he started developing and leading Narativ’s training programs, focusing on applying the programs to issues and challenges that he encountered when working in organizations.
Supported employment is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination.  Here at Wise, we are committed to standing up for and embracing positive changes in policies and practices to stamp out oppression and discrimination in our institutions and systems. We are focused on our mission of inclusion and equitable employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, we ask that all participants extend respect, humility and grace during our events. We strive to create a learning platform where we all leave with new ways of thinking, doing and moving supported employment forward.