Episode 002 – Philadelphia Playwrights & Lisa Nelson-Haynes

Lisa Nelson-Haynes in the Executive Director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a unique and dynamic organization which taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. My conversation with her highlights the impact that creative writing can have with our youth, providing them with greater confidence and tools to impact their communication skills.

About Lisa Nelson-Haynes: Having spent 15 years at the Painted Bride Art Center, Nelson-Haynes brings to PYP a deep knowledge of the Philadelphia arts-education community, coupled with hands-on experience with nonprofit management and educational programming. In her role there as associate director, Nelson-Haynes ran the Center’s educational outreach and residency programs, marketing and communications departments and managed contractual relationships with artists. Most recently, she has worked with the Bride’s executive director Laurel Raczka and University of the Arts dance director Donna Faye Burchfield to shepherd the ambitious project, Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia — an 18-month initiative to expand the archive of the city’s cultural memory through multiple histories that “re-place” established narratives with new perspectives. She is also a nationally recognized expert in digital storytelling through her work as a facilitator with Storycenter, which uses the art of first-person narrative as a tool for education, advocacy and community-building.Nelson-Haynes is a graduate of Hampton University and a candidate for a M.F.A. in film-making at Temple University.

Learn more at: https://www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org/

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.


  1. Eileen Tyrrell on 01/17/2018 at 2:30 AM

    Such great conversations and learnings.

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