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About The Bolder Company, formerly ConnectAnd

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Founders Ellen Feldman Ornato and Jenny Drescher want you and your people to thrive through connection. They are committed to helping your people build trust, find courage, and create levity so that your organization can build a collaborative, innovative environment.  They want to see all levels of your organization be empowered, confident, and dynamic in any situation. With a combined 30 years in facilitation, coaching, and speaking, Ellen and Jenny specialize in developing humans to be their best selves. They create a positive, lasting impact in workplaces, associations, and educational settings.

When they started studying Improv, Jenny and Ellen immediately found that harnessing the practices of Improv causes outstanding results in the individuals and groups they work with.  They employ this Improvisational worldview to enhance their existing specialties in such rich topics as:

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Together, they founded ConnectAnd in 2014 to bring the skills and principles of Improv to the worlds of business, service agencies, and entrepreneurs. Not only are they leading entrepreneurs with successful businesses, the duo has also founded two Improv troupes together. 

Both founders are sought-after speakers serving such organizations such as the AARP, eWomen Network, The Senior Executive Women's Network, University of Connecticut, Central CT State University, The American Business Women's Association, The Multi-Cultural Leadership Institute, The Association For Healthcare Philanthropy, The National Diversity Council, and the CT Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents.

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Ellen Feldman Ornato

Ellen is an energizing, sharp speaker with a warm, creative style.  She is a skilled Improviser and upbeat, compassionate facilitator who leads engaging conversations about challenging and rich content. She has 20+ years of facilitation and training experience in workplaces, schools, and on university campuses. She is the founder of The Next Peace Training & Facilitation.

Jenny Drescher

Jenny is an invigorating speaker and coach with a bold, funny style. An accomplished Improviser and candid-yet-kind facilitator, she draws out courage and playfulness in her audiences.  She has 10+ years of coaching and training experience in workplaces, service agencies, and schools. She is a stage performer in two different groups; BOOP and The Happier Family Comedy Show. She is the founder of Bridge To Choice Coaching & Improv.