2nd Story has collaborated with over thirty corporations and organizations in the Chicago area to create experiences and performances that can simultaneously build community and address sensitive issues. Whether it be crafting a multi-class workshop to deepen team member relationships, or facilitating a single event that dives into an analysis of a stand-alone topic, 2nd Story has the expertise and capacity to craft a one-of-a-kind experience for your employees. 


2nd Story added such depth and breadth of conversation to our new associate orientation. The group was able to connect with each other and concepts of empathy across differences in such a refreshing way. We are excited to continue to partner with 2nd Story.
— Courtney Dredden Carter, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Jenner & Block LLP

Everything is rooted IN STORY

2nd Story's approach to workplace programming runs the spectrum from 'performative' to 'educational', and is always centered in story, generally the personal stories of the performers and participants. Previously executed experiences include:

The Storied Experience

A facilitated, story-based experience around a specific theme or topic.  Available for a daytime luncheon, all-day inclusion training, after work, etc.


A performance of 2 - 4 original stories that explore a specific theme. Stories are hand selected to leave space for contemplation and conversation.

A Crafted Experience

One of our Core Values is Craft, and we take pride in sculpting our partnership to meet your needs. Elements of our work that frequently come into play include:

Facilitated Dialogue || Panel Discussions || One-on-One Coaching

Development of Personal Stories || Team Building || Creative Writing || Performance Skills

Thoughtful Dialogue

We believe that stories are what bind us to each other; they create empathy. 2nd Story has a unique ability to craft spaces where people can learn from and with each other via their own personal stories.

Our individual stories help bridge the gap between the personal and the universal.

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Overall, we learned that relationships are foundational to diversity discussions.
Championing the personal narratives of others, even if we don’t fully understand them or haven’t experienced them ourselves, is key to building an inclusive culture.
— D.L. Morriss, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP