IMPROV YOUR TEAM
Our mission is to help leaders, teams, and companies improve.
Our methodology for doing that....improv comedy.
We use improv comedy techniques to train individuals and teams to improve important skills, including, leadership skills, team effectiveness, communication, adaptability, buiding trust, confidence, resilience, problem-solving, public speaking, storytelling, thinking on your feet, falling with grace during fun and energizing trainings.
Our work has been featured in Forbes, and we have led workshops for the smallest of startups, some of the top startup accelerators in the world, Fortune 500 companies, and top universities.
Our curriculum was developed by Mary Lemmer, an entrepreneur, recovering venture capitalist, and improv comedian. Mary has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and thousands of companies.
She started her first company, Iorio Gelato, at age 14, did early stage VC, was a Director at a Silicon Valley unicorn, wrote Straight From the Investor's Mouth: 111 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs, and started doing improv comedy to help her as an entrepreneurial leader with loads of anxiety. She developed the IMPROV4 methodology over the course of a decade as an entrepreneur, investor, and training as an improv comedian at The Second City in Chicago, The Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC, among other improv theatres, alongside current and future famous improv comedians. She created the IMPROV4 methodology using improv comedy to teach effectiveness and leadership skills and runs trainings for entrepreneurs and small startups to Fortune 500 companies and top universities, including TED, the University of Michigan, Fordham University, Square, Patreon, TechStars, CBSi, R/GA, Silicon Valley Bank, 500 Startups, among others.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has studied improv comedy at The Second City and The Annoyance in Chicago, Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC, EndGames Improv and Bay Area Theatre Sports in San Francisco. She is the creator and host of Startup Late Night, a late night comedy show featuring business leader guests, and has performed improv and comedy all over the country, including at Gilda Radner’s Laughfest, The Punch Line in San Francisco, and the Lady Laughs Comedy Festival.
Our methodology was created by Mary herself, inspired by her work as an entrepreneur, venture capital investor, working with fast-growing and multi-billion dollar companies, and training at famous improv theatres including The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Our training methodologies include
Every engagement is unique and customized to your team.
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Improv Comedy for Leadership Development Workshop
This workshop is ideal for individuals who want to develop their leadership skills, learn and practice improv, or want to learn improv comedy tools and methodologies they can use to develop leaders in their teams, companies, and lives.
The class runs for 2.5 hours, on Wednesday, June 19, from 6:30-9:00 pm in the Flatiron District in NYC.
Laughing for Leadership - Strengthening Leadership Skills with Improv Comedy
featured at the Agile 2019 conference
This session is targeted at managers and leaders inside the company who want to develop their own leadership skills, as well as walk away with the tools and methodologies to develop leaders in their teams and companies. Attendees will leave this session with improved leadership skills, including, but not limited to the ability to make decisions with limited information, communication skills, emotional intelligence and empathy, knowledge about how to apply improvisational principles to their leadership practice, ideas for how to develop and inspire leaders, with fun and laughter, confidence in their leadership abilities, & a huge smile on their face!
The session runs Wednesday, August 7, 10:45am - 12:00pm.
Improv Your Coaching! Using Comedy to Connect, Adapt, and Respond to Any Situation.
featured at the Agile 2019 conference
Great coaches are great improvisers. It’s the in the moment experiences that define and separate impactful coaching from the lackluster. Amazing coaches and improvisers both need to empathize with, actively listen to, connect and collaborate with the people to be successful. Improvisers and Coaches both operate within the context of uncertainty. During this session, we’ll discuss and use improv comedy exercises to practice handling coaching situations. It will be interactive, fun, funny, and a safe and creative space to practice some of the most challenging aspects of our jobs as coaches.
The session runs Monday, August 5, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Co-Presented with Lean Product & Agile Coach, Jason Hall
Our methodology develops these skills:
We have done improv trainings for individuals, the smallest of startups, some of the top accelerators in the world, Fortune 500 companies, and top universities
Improv 4 ENTREPRENEURS at 500 Startups
We led an improv session for companies invested in by
500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator.
Improv 4 ENTREPRENEURS at the University of Michigan
With hundreds of University of Michigan students we led an Improv 4 Entrepreneurs session with the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. This session was one of the most popular sessions all semester!
Improv 4 ENTREPRENEURS at Fordham University
We led an improv session for entrepreneurs in the Fordham Foundry program.
Improv 4 TEAM BUILDING at Silicon Valley Bank
We led an improv session for a team at SVB, creating a space for self expression and team bonding.
People love us.
Your workshop was honestly one of the best things I ever did for myself while living in San Francisco
- Rebecca Chaika, Product Designer, SoulCycle
Mary ran an amazing Improv session for our whole company as part of an offsite, engineers, sales and support and the team loved it.
Whilst being hilariously funny, it also forced us to operate outside our comfort zones, and get us to know each other's personalities far better. We operate a distributed team across four countries, so this was a great way to bring everyone closer, make us think on our feet and have a bit of fun!
— Simon Turner, President & Co-Founder of Myagi
Want to finesse your pitch and present with clarity and confidence? Then take Mary’s I4E. Grounded in the art of improv, I4E ensures participants stretch and pivot their pitches, seize opportunities to present with confidence, while all the while, having fun.
— Kelly Hoey, Author of Build Your Dream Network, podcast guest host & speaker, Co-Founder of the Women In Mobile Accelerator
For the second year in a row, Mary's Improv4 Workshop was a huge success at our accelerator program. Our founders and interns alike loved the captivating session. We laughed, fell down, and grew more comfortable with each other and public speaking. I would recommend her workshop for startups, corporations and everyone in between. It facilitates team cohesive in a way that really works while also providing hours full of laughter.
— Alison Todak, Managing Director of Cahoots and former Director at Desai Accelerator at the University of Michigan
Mary Lemmer's improv workshop is the ideal environment to learn how to communicate more effectively. Imagine becoming a better communicator and learning the nuances of what it takes to be a better communicator in a fun and entertaining environment. If you want to become a top-notch communicator, you have to take this workshop.
— Arun Dawit, Co-Founder of Urban Logiq (Batch 20 at 500 Startups)
Mary has successfully translated Improv Theater to a business context … it’s fun, it’s funny, it’s compelling and everyone she teaches comes away as a better, more confident, more focused presenter.
— Rich Sheridan, Founder & CEO, Menlo Innovations, and Author of Joy, Inc
Improv4 was an absolute blast! I came in not sure exactly what to expect, and left her fantastic workshop with personalized feedback and a better pitch for my company. Anyone would benefit from an Improv4 workshop: founders, startup employees, corporate professionals. I'd join another class facilitated by Mary in a heartbeat!
— Leslie Zaikis, Marketing and Strategy Consultant
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