From Yes And to Thank You Because: How Improvisation and Behavioral Science Make Work Better


Kelly leonard
Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation, Second City Works
Webinar Recording Details
  • Date and Time
    Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern
  • Duration
    1 Hour
  • Cost
    $0 (Free)
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Kelly Leonard builds off the improvisation-based principles from his bestselling book “Yes, And,” to discuss a new initiative he co-leads with the Center for Decision Research at the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago. The Second Science Project looks at behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. Kelly will share insights that have come from this partnership and talk about the key areas where evidence-based science meets improvisational pedagogy. He’ll also toss in a few stories of some of the famous figures he’s worked with in his 30-year career at The Second City.
  • You will learn specific improv exercises you can use at work or at home to help foster creativity and better communication.
  • Kelly will take you through the process and outcomes from some of the work done in The Second Science Project lab.
  • You will get a backstage pass to hear stories about the creative practices of some of the alumni Kelly has worked with, such as: Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key.
  • Kelly will also talk about some of the cutting-edge work that Second City is doing in bringing improvisational practices to caregivers and communities - which connects to recent research that suggests that businesses need to embrace a culture of care if they are going to innovate and have employees who are change-ready. 

About Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard is the Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation at Second City Works, overseeing The Second Science Project with the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His book, “Yes, And,”  was published to critical acclaim by HarperCollins. Kelly has spoken at Aspen Ideas Festival, Microsoft and TEDxBroadway and hosts the podcast “Getting to Yes, And” for WGN and Second City. For over twenty years, he oversaw Second City’s live theatrical divisions working with such talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Keegan-Michael Key and others.

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