Award winning, Cause-Focused Storyteller, Speaker, author and TED Talks talent search finalist.
Kristin Pedemonti builds bridges between people and breaks barriers through stories of hope, understanding, resilience and perseverance. Currently, she also works as a Storytelling Consultant at the World Bank. Kristin is the 1st American Storyteller to present in Iran at the Kanoon International Storytelling Festival (2015).
She performs & presents worldwide delivering keynotes, staff development training and storytelling concerts. She also works with various groups to create safe spaces to share stories. Previous work in clinics for under-served women and as Lead Interviewer for the SHARE Ovarian Cancer Study at the University of Pennsylvania cemented the power of Story to impact lives. In 2005 she sold her home and possessions to create/facilitate volunteer project Literacy Outreach Belize. She’s donated programs for 33,000 youth and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in the classroom. Her book, A Bridge of Story: Risking it all to connect cultures and classrooms is now available.
Kristin was Lead Facilitator for Clinton Global Initiative member Artfully AWARE’s Community Created Book Project. She volunteered in Kenya, Ghana and Haiti interviewing local artisans, educators, entrepreneurs and innovators collecting their life stories of resilience, persistence & overcoming adversity. The books Perseverance and Possibility in Kenya & Ghana Is… are available for purchase. She will next volunteer in Nepal collaborating with Kathalaya publishers.
She’s performed in dozens of cities on 4 continents so far including throughout the US & Europe, as well as in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya & most recently was the 1st American selected to present at Kanoon Storytelling Festival in Iran In 2013, she presented at TEDx Warsaw & Sigana Storytelling Festival in Kenya as a featured teller. Her other passions are sharing FREE HUGS and serving others to realize their potential to make a difference.