MISSION Story Slam Podcast - Chris Satullo



Chris Satullo is a veteran journalist and civic engagement leader. He has been a news executive at the Philadelphia Inquirer and at WHYY. In addition to his work with the Committee of 70 and Draw the Lines PA, he is also a co-founder of the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania.  And we’ve been lucky to have him as the host of MISSION Story Slam right from the start. Chris told a story about his Father and the inspiration for his dedication to democracy at MSS2.


MISSION Story Slam Podcast - Kelly Offner



Kelly Offner was the first winner of both the Judges’ Award and the Crowd Favorite Award at MISSION Story Slam 3: Saving Us From Ourselves. She is the Executive Director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful. Previously, Kelly was Director of Cleanups for United By Blue, a Philadelphia-based B Corp that promises to clean up one pound of trash for every item sold. Under Kelly’s direction, UBB has removed over 1.4 million pounds of trash from the world’s waterways.


MISSION Story Slam - Karen Singer



Artist Karen Singer is the owner of Karen Singer Tileworks in Germantown, Philadelphia and creates works of great beauty in her studio there. Her tile Donor Walls help nonprofits raise money and her classes teach new artists the skills to create with ceramic. Karen is also on the Board of Women In Transition, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that helps women dealing with domestic abuse and substance abuse issues. Karen’s story about escaping an abusive relationship won the first MISSION Story Slam. On this episode of the podcast she sits down with PWPvideo Executive Producer, Michael Schweisheimer to go deeper into her story and talk about the MISSION Story Slam experience.


MISSION Story Slam - Mara Nissley



Mara Nissley is the Communications and Events Manager for the ALS Hope Foundation. Her work honors her beloved Grandfather who passed away from ALS in 2000. In her story, Mara tells us of the connection between her Grandfather’s gentle teaching and her desire to make a difference in the lives of people living with ALS. Mara’s story won 2nd Place and the $100 prize for ALS HOPE at the first MISSION Story Slam.


MISSION Story Slam 2: Saving Democracy - Grace Palladino

Grace Palladino

Grace Palladino is a veteran educator, having taught History and Civics in the Philadelphia School District for over a decade. Currently, she is the School Coordinator for Committee of Seventy’s Draw The Lines initiative and is teaching at Temple University.  Grace is writing the book, Civics On Tap for Temple University Press based on her long-running series of humorous bar lectures held monthly at National Mechanics in Philadelphia.


MISSION Story Slam 2: Saving Democracy Winner Lawrence Husick

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Lawrence Husick is a founding partner of Lipton, Weinberger & Husick, an Intellectual Property and Technological Law Firm, and Chief Innovation Officer of Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is a faculty member at the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Biotechnology Program of the Johns Hopkins University and Co-Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism where he concentrates on the study of terrorist tactics and counterterrorism strategies. He is also co-founder and principal system architect of Infonautics Inc. (now HighBeam Research), which originated the Electric Library and Encyclopedia.com on the World Wide Web, for which he was awarded five U.S. patents.