Jen Oleniczak Brown
Jen Oleniczak Brown is the Founder of The Engaging Educator (EE), a women-owned and operated company dedicated to helping people find their unapologetic, authentic and best voice, communication style, and self through improv-based education. Since 2012, EE has served over 50,000 students, working with such companies as Viacom, Food Network, The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue and CBS. EE is based out of NYC, LA, SF and Winston Salem, NC. Jen’s work can be found in publications like Bustle, Fast Company, Forbes and Moneyish, as well as her first self-published book Improv(e): Using Improv to Find Your Voice, Style and Self (Balboa Press, 2018) and the upcoming Think on Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job (McGraw Hill Education, November 2019) and Care and Keeping of Museum Professionals (April, 2019). She is also a teacher on Skillshare and her first class is focused on Small Talk and Networking. Jen was also the instructional designer on the Center for Creative Leadership’s Improvisational Insights Card Deck, using improv-based skills, activities and ideas to enhance leadership, and is a Venture Partner with Wefunder. In May of 2018, Jen started Fearless Winston Salem, a collaborative collective and social space for and by women. By October 2019, the group had become fully sustainable by membership and grown to over 3900 members. Aside from her entrepreneurial endeavors, Jen has done three TEDx talks on the power of improv, including one TEDxWomen on uplifting and elevating women. She has also spoken at SXSWedu two years in a row and she also serves as a mentor for Winston Starts, a non-profit dedicated to helping businesses scale and contribute to the ecosystem of Winston Salem. A firm believer in the idea that Yes, And can change the world – so firm it’s tattooed on her arm, Jen's personal mission is to empower as many women as possible to stop playing small and know their incredible supernova powers. She currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband Alex, dog Drumstick, and about five-dozen houseplants.
- Author of Think On Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job (McGraw Hill, November 2019)
- TEDx Cortland, 2012
- TEDx Melville, 2015
- TEDx Women Winston Salem, 2016
- SXSWedu 2015
- SXSWedu 2020