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Kelly Leonard

Executive Director, Insights & Applied Improvisation, The Second City
Kelly Leonard is the Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation at The Second City, overseeing the Behavioral Science and Improvisation Initiative with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The initiative, which uses evidence-based insights, works to understand how improvisation can enhance communication, collaboration and well-being in everyday life. Prior, Leonard oversaw Second City’s live theatrical divisions for more than 20 years, working with such talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Keegan Michael Key and many others. He has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Microsoft and TEDxBroadway. He’s the author of the book Yes, And and the host of the podcast “Getting to Yes, And” for WGN and Second City.
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