Ed Pitch Boot Camp to Feature Storytelling Experts

Feb 6, 2018

Boot Camp for each of the Ed Pitch finalist teams is coming up on Saturday, February 10. The full day event will give the student teams the chance to work with partners to hone their presentations and strengthen their storytelling skills.

We are asking for partner volunteers to serve as team coaches. Coaches will participate in the Boot Camp and will also be available to assist their team between now and Ed Pitch on March 20. There are only two coaching opportunities left. If you are interested, please contact Lesley Miller.

In addition, SVPAZ is excited to welcome two Phoenix-based storytelling and presentation experts who will provide in-depth training that will undoubtedly be invaluable for the teams as they prepare for Ed Pitch.


Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the director and one of the founders of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach for Gannett’s nationwide Storytellers Project. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.  She spends most summers in Ireland teaching for Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad Ireland program. The Arizona Humanities Council recently awarded her the Dan Schilling Award as the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar.

AshleyBrightAshley Bright is a father, entrepreneur and passionate storyteller. After 16 years as a leader in the design and marketing industry he founded Ashley Bright Presents. Through educational tools and training he empowers nonprofit organizations, business leaders and entrepreneurs with communication skills and knowledge to amplify their voice and maximize their impact.

The Boot Camp kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 10. Partners interested in joining the effort to support the Ed Pitch finalists prepare for pitch night are invited to attend. Please reach out to Lesley Miller for more information.