Leadership as an Act of Improvisation

Jan 24, 2019

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How Improvisation Improves Creativity and Collaboration

Leadership has never been easy, but today’s leaders face unprecedented challenges: technology shifts, globalization, once-in-a-generation changes in the workforce as baby boomers retire.

Today’s leaders need to be creative, nimble, and adaptive. They need the skills of an improviser to thrive amidst the changes and unknowns that characterize the modern workplace.

Join Second City Works for a fun and instructive session where you’ll learn how you can develop the improviser’s toolkit to become a better leader.

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.



Kelly Leonard is the Executive Vice President of The Second City. He has worked at The Second City since 1988 and has overseen productions with such notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Rachel  Dratch, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, Keegan Michael Key, Amy Sedaris and a host of others. Mr. Leonard co-founded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that develops an eclectic array of live entertainment all over the world.

He has received many honors, including being named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 list and included as one of the top 40 cultural figures in Chicago by Time Out Magazine. He is co-author of "Yes, And"...How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity, Communication and Collaboration.


Steve Johnston is President of Second City Works. He joined Second City Works in 2004 and brings 20 years of marketing & new business development experience across the intersection of creative services, corporate education, technology and entertainment. During Steve’s tenure, SCW has tripled in size by expanding and adapting SC’s live capabilities to the online world via new licensed content properties and distribution partnerships. His background includes senior marketing and corporate development positions at Sprint, Alliance Atlantis Communications and True North Advertising.