Ann marie Houghtailing

In 2009, Ann marie Houghtailing launched her practice as a business development expert with only $5 in her pocket, a Macbook, and a truck-load of tenacity in the worst economic climate of her life. Just one year later, she was the Corporate Alliance Partner for the Institute for Sales and Business Development at the University of San Diego.

Since then, Houghtailing has developed a reputation as one of the most sought-after business development and storytelling experts in the country and speaks regularly on Narrative Leadership and how to use storytelling as a tool of influence in business with her trademarked Narrative Imprinting® process. She has trained thousands of people in 42 states and abroad, delivered a TEDx talk, and is currently working with a California men’s state prison to bring storytelling to incarcerated men as a tool of learning, empowerment and connection to the outside.

In 2018, Houghtailing will launch the Center for Corporate Storytelling with California International Business University. This groundbreaking program will offer the nation’s first academic certification in Corporate Storytelling.

Her writing regularly appears in national mainstream press outlets including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Worth, XO Jane, San Diego Business Journal, Yahoo! Finance, San Diego Union Tribune, Motherwell, and Thought Catalog.

Houghtailing has also written and performed two one-woman shows, Renegade Princess and Raising Humans. Over the last two years, Houghtailing’s Acts of Love program has donated all proceeds of her performances to worthy organizations and raised more than $35,000 for people in need.

Holly Amaya

Executive Coach

Holly Amaya draws on a multifaceted career as a journalist, attorney, and public relations maven to help high-performing professionals tell their stories and demand their worth. She is experienced in helping clients navigate a wide range of professional opportunities, from messaging and communications strategies to salary and promotion negotiations and business development.

Holly has worked with a wide array of professionals at various stages in their career and understands the complex processes around decision making, high-stakes conversations and goal setting.

Leah R. Singer

Narrative Strategist and Content Producer

Leah R. Singer is a freelance writer and editor. She is known for uncovering unique angles and hidden gems, and then creating clear and compelling communication that creates impact.

She works with businesses and non-profits across the country to help them reach their desired audience through content marketing strategy. Current and former clients include: KPBS public broadcasting, Sanford Burnham Prebys, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, California Charter Schools Association, Innovate Public Schools, Congregation Beth Israel, LEAD San Diego, KDD Philanthropy, and many more.

Leah’s writing work appears in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Indianapolis Star, Beyond Your Blog, Edible San Diego and Edible Indy, and numerous other national blogs and websites. She is also the former managing editor of the Red Tricycle Spoke Contributor Network and San Diego city editor.