Hillary’s origin Story
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From her first time performing stand-up comedy, to winning a Moth StorySLAM, to realizing the power of storytelling in the workplace, Hillary Rea is an expert in the art of using personal experiences to build trust, inspire, and help people understand each other on a deeper level.
Standing on stage at her first ever open mic storytelling event – rain-drenched, having cashed in her piggy bank to pay for admission into the StorySLAM – Hillary’s heart was beating out of her chest. She forced herself to do what she had set out to do.
“Telling my story to an audience of strangers changed the whole way I viewed performing and communicating – I discovered that I didn't just love making people laugh, I loved bringing people on a journey that had a beginning, middle, and end.”
From there, her newfound passion led her to create one of Philadelphia’s longest-running storytelling shows, Tell Me A Story. She went on to develop the Tell Me A Story brand as a full-service communication consulting business, showing her clients how the art of storytelling can translate beautifully as an everyday communication tool. Through her workshops, coaching and public speaking, she invites others to engage in genuine conversation and develop their ability to spark authentic human connection.
Hillary is a graduate of New York University's Steinhardt School with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and holds a certificate in Audio Documentary from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. She is also the producer and host of Rashomon, a narrative storytelling podcast in which one family shares every side of the same story. Hillary is a keynote speaker and runs conference breakout sessions on Storytelling as Leadership, Origin Stories, The Business of Storytelling, and Crafting an Elevator Pitch that Actually Works. Her past speaking engagements include: Pennsylvania Conference for Women, The Bullish Conference, Ela Conf, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce's Women's Conference, and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia's Annual Conference.