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20NTC Session

Improv Saves the Nonprofit: Boosting Culture & Team Creativity


Fear. Anxiety. Insecurity. These are common barriers leaders face when trying to inspire teams to great creativity. If you’ve ever seen a great an improv ensemble work and wonder whether their creative “flow” is learnable — the answer is yes! Confidence, creativity, and supportive collaboration are what make improv succeed on stage. They’re also what make teams succeed within the workplace. Join three Washington Improv Theater ( community members for an exciting, hands-on session to teach the ideas and techniques that fuel successful improv. You’ll be able to return to work and lead your teams to work together in exciting and productive ways. Plus, you’ll get to play and laugh with your NTC20 colleagues — what could be better than that!?

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn common challenges within organizations that stand in the way of great creative collaboration.
  • Learn techniques for better listening and empathy, awareness of nonverbal dynamics, and confidence among your team.
  • Learn improv activities that you can use as ice breakers, creative warm-ups, and spark sessions with your team.

Target Audience

Organizational and team leaders who want to improve confidence, creativity, and supportive collaboration within their workplace.


Ehmonie Hainey

Marketing and Communications Strategist


Ehmonie is a seasoned marketing, communications strategist and public relations professional with over 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits. Ehmonie is a marketing and communications strategist at Echo&Co, where she leads the agency’s communications and messaging, marketing and brand management, and business development functions.

Previously, Ehmonie has worked as a senior marketing strategist and communications consultant in the financial services, entertainment (cable TV, radio and film), and nonprofit sectors. She has worked on myriad integrated digital marketing and social media campaigns, launched new products and platforms, and developed and executed strategic communications plans and programs. Prior to that, Ehmonie was a research scientist, with a focus on T-cell activation and cancer immunology.

Ehmonie earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing & entrepreneurship, and a Master of Science degree in media management, both from Syracuse University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in natural science from the University of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, she enjoys performing comedic improv and standup comedy.



March 25, 2020


10:30am – 11:45am