Jill Pollack is founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago, overseeing writing training for more than 1,200 students each year. She is a presenter on the power of stories in our personal and professional lives and was included for the fourth time in the biannualNewcity Lit Top 50 list of literary leaders in Chicago.
Since founding the studio in 2003, Jill has focused her attention on developing new approaches to teaching storytelling, and providing a wide variety of experiences in writing and publishing for StoryStudio writers. In 2009 she created the Words for Work business writing program.
As a former theatre professional and an award-winning communications consultant, writer, and editor, Jill works with professional service firms, creative agencies, corporations, and government entities. Past and current clients include Chicago Community Trust, FCB, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, MacArthur Foundation, Undertone, Motorola, McDonald’s Corporation, Lands’ End, and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
A writer and author, Jill has published three books for young adults: Shirley Chisholm, named a Best Book by Science and Film Magazine; Lesbian and Gay Families: Redefining Parenting in America; and Women on the Hill, a history of women in Congress. Her work has appeared online, in newspapers, magazines, trade periodicals and political journals.
Jill graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and joined the B Lab community when StoryStudio became a B Corporation. She founded the Chicago Literary Alliance, and is on the Illinois B Corp Advisory Board. When she is not running the studio or teaching, she is working on her own stories.
You can catch Jill speaking for great organizations, like:
-PRNews Digital Storytelling Bootcamp Conference
-Retail Confectioners International Conference
-PR Now & Next Conference
-Neighborhood Factor Conference (DNAInfo)
-PR Writing Conference
-Association of Fundraising Professionals
-Chicago Ideas Week
-Illinois Association of Park Districts
-Off Campus Writers Workshop
-Printers Row Bookfest
-Ragan Storytellilng Conference