Esther Choy founded Leadership Story Lab in 2010 to help others leverage the art of persuasive storytelling to create extraordinary opportunities. Esther believes we need to “eat our own cooking” as she teaches the art of storytelling for business success.

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We firmly believe that no one has to be a superhero to tell a good story.

What do good storytellers need? Knowledge of tried-and-true storytelling techniques and feedback on what works for their audience. Leadership Story Lab has been providing all this since before “business storytelling” became a buzzword. From the start, we’ve believed in learning by doing and having fun while doing serious things. Join us wherever you are on your journey to become a more authentic and persuasive storyteller.

Three principles guide every Leadership Story Lab experience:

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You don’t have to be a superhero to tell a good story

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Learning by doing

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Having fun while doing serious things

Our work starts with listening. We take the time to understand you, your organization and your goals. We want to “get” you so we can create tools that are a natural fit with your day-to-day work. You won’t hear us say, “let us tell you how leadership storytelling is done.” Instead, we will ask, “how can you become the best leadership storyteller possible in your unique context?”

When it comes to your stories, you are the expert. We want to unveil who you are, not make you like us.

We do this by mixing structure and freedom. Every story needs  both structure and surprises. So does every session that teaches you about leadership storytelling.

Come discover your leadership stories with us.

“What’s your story? Are you the hero? At the recent Purposeful Planning Institute 2023 Rendezvous, we explored the Joy of Connection – Cultivating Possibilities. I’m so grateful to Esther Choy, author of “Let the Story do the Work” and our kick-off plenary speaker, for the thoughtful and impactful storytelling workshop she facilitated to bring our theme to life. Esther encouraged us to get vulnerable and connect by sharing our important character traits and experiences in small assigned table groups. We then had the pleasure of leveraging the treasures we mined to introduce someone at our table that we just met. WOW! Esther, what an incredibly bonding and meaningful experience. Thank you!”

-Sandi Bragar, Chief Client Officer, Partner at Aspiriant

Meet the Team


We love being part of a team of strong, intelligent women who support each other’s goals and give our best effort to help Leadership Story Lab and our clients succeed. We find it rewarding to hear our clients testify again and again that storytelling tools are making a significant difference for them professionally and personally.

We would love to hear your story!

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Chief Operating Officer & Story Facilitator

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Social Media Manager

Project Manager

Content and Research Manager

Leadership Story Lab is a Women & Minority Owned Business.