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Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Entrepreneurship and Hustle" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 1.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors about life, the grind, and the sacrifices of building something all your own. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Sheree Hartwell of Scottsdale, Arizona
Lisa Dahl of Sedona, Arizona
Kina Pickett of Bozeman, Montana
Jeff Wuslich of Bloomington, Indiana
Allison Devane of Phoenix, Arizona
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS
VIRTUAL EVENT
Sheree Hartwell of Scottsdale, Arizona | From Child To Model

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
As it pertains to my personal story when buying the agency, I had extremely large shoes to fill but what I have learned along the way is that you can create your own footprint.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My inspiration has always been my mother, Sharon. She was my biggest cheerleader and the reason I am who I am today. Although she has been gone for over a decade now, she still fuels my drive to succeed.

Lisa Dahl of Sedona, Arizona | A Romance with Food

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope to share a true success story about how a lost loved one can continue to touch lives. I have done this by believing that my son lives on within my heart. A loved one's passing does not mean that they are not still working through us to touch lives.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Many of us will face tragedies and lose a very special person in our lives. How we embrace that experience and keep their spirit close will be more than our salvation. During this time, I want people to know that they are not going through these experiences alone.

Kina Pickett of Bozeman, Montana | Breaking down boundaries

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
The path of entrepreneurship and to never give up.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Entrepreneurship is now harder than ever, but there is always a path forward.

Jeff Wuslich of Bloomington, Indiana | Changing laws, making whiskey

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
That opening a distillery isn’t all about drinking vodka and making whiskey.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I want people to understand that we all have a responsibility to help and support others.

Allison Devane of Phoenix, Arizona | Shark Tank Entrepreneur: No Deal and Thriving

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
As a Millennial entrepreneur I want to take the intimidation out of entrepreneurship and let people know that they can do anything that they want. Despite being told by the Sharks on Shark Tank that I would never succeed with Teaspressa, I didn't take no for an answer... I want people to know that failure is a strength and passion is your path.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My biggest goal is to continue to be an innovative company, so I never stop dreaming, listening to customers and creating new ways to give back to the communiTEA through Teaspressa and my entrepreneurial story. As a female and a minority business owner, I am passionate about sharing my journey and hope to empower young women and fellow entrepreneurs to continue to follow their dreams...and persevere knowing that it is possible to turn your passion into a career.

VIDEOS

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

I Am series from Storytellers Project - I am Black

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "I am Black" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on March 2.

Join the us for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the ways race and ethnicity weave through American identities.

This is the first in a series of five storytelling nights called “I Am” to more fully tell the stories of America. “I Am Black” features personal stories from people who identify as Black. The shows promise insightful, entertaining stories that invite listeners of all identities to consider what we all have in common, and what divides us — a mix of touching moments and hard truths.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - I Made This - Stories about the Arts show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project will present "I Made This: Stories about the Arts" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on March 16.

Music. Movies. Memes. Art is all around us and this event explores the creatives behind the culture. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the arts.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty will emcee live!

West and Sunbelt Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The West and Sunbelt Storytellers Project, which includes Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; Ventura County, California; Reno, Nevada; and Salem, Oregon, presents "Growing UP" at 4 p.m. PT on March 4.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Wendy Leung and Brett McGinness, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - New Beginnings show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "New Beginnings" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 12.

We could all use a fresh start. Sometimes, it can be as small as getting a new haircut, having a baby, deleting a number or a big career pivot. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories about the choices, discoveries and accidents that change our lives.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

10 Years Later: Conversations about courage and resiliency with Gabby Giffords and friends

Welcome to the show! USA TODAY, Arizona Daily Star and The Arizona Republic present "10 Years Later: Conversations about courage and resiliency with Gabby Giffords and friends" at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 7.

Featuring:

Gabby Giffords.

Dr. Fabi Hirsch of the Aphasia Center of Tucson and Arizona Republic journalist Karina Bland.

Arizona House Representative Dr. Randall Friese with former Arizona Daily Star journalist Stephanie Innes, now at the Arizona Republic.

Arizona House Representative Daniel Hernandez.

Survivors Mary Reed and daughter Emma McMahon.

Surviror Patricia Maisch and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, Opinion Editor at the Arizona Daily Star.

Arizona poet laureate Alberto Rios, Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Holiday Storytelling Spectacular

Welcome to the show! Arizona Storytellers Project presents "Holiday Storytelling Spectacular" at 7 p.m. MT on Dec. 21.

The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moments that unite our communities, faiths and families.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Holidays

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Holidays" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Dec. 15.

The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moments that unite our communities, faiths and families.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

I am an American

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "I am an American" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 29.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, reflecting on what it means to be an American. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Farthest You'll Ever be from Home

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Farthest You'll Ever be from Home" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, who just happen to be scientists and astronauts, about dealing with loneliness and isolation in space and how that translates to life on Earth, and persevering through it all. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!


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