Thaler Pekar is a leading voice in the field of organizational narrative, leadership storytelling, and persuasion. As an internationally sought-after speaker, coach, and strategist, she helps entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 leaders, and policymakers break through a crowded marketplace and achieve policy goals, gain customers, and engage audiences.
Thaler specializes in helping C-suite executives, professional communicators, and philanthropists better understand the power of story. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling; is featured in the book, Storied Careers: 40+ Story Practitioners Talk About Applied Storytelling; and is a Contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, on the topic of organizational narrative.
Thaler is a frequent guest lecturer at the Columbia University Graduate Program in Strategic Communications and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Executive Programs. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting and the Neuroleadership Institute; an Inaugural Member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers; and a Founding Member of the American College of Women's Health Physicians.
Industry Expertise (3)
Public Relations and Communications
Areas of Expertise (3)
Persuasion & Sales
Story & Narrative
Opening Plenary, Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling (professional)
Co-facilitated opening plenary of esteemed Smithsonian Institute conference on organizational narrative and applied storytelling.
Syracuse University: BS, SI Newhouse School of Communications
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University: BS, Advertising
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications: BS, Advertising
- S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Executive Programs, Columbia University Graduate Program in Strategic Communication, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, Non-Profit Excellence Awards
James Heffernan, CEO | Brazilian Association of Professional Communicators
"WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. WOW, what a session that was. It was thought-provoking, it was imminently applicable and it was fun, great job."
Dawn Harbatkin, MD, Executive Director | Robert Wood Johnson Local Funding Partnerships Annual Conference
"I've seen another well-known presenter on story, and he made me curious. But what I walked away from your program with was immediately implementable ways to capture and use story in my work, and to benefit my organization."
Denise Joines , Program Officer | Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
"I found several things from your workshop directly applicable to my recent presentation to my board, and all grants were approved, so it was a big success. Our board chair even applauded after my presentation – a first! Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance."
Event Appearances (4)
Why Story Matters to You, Your Boss, & Your Organization
Closing Plenary Cable Communications Institute
How to Find Stories that Interest the Media and Support Your Cause
Global Health & Innovation Conference New Haven, CT
Heart, Head & Hand™: Key Components of Communication
Blue Shield of California Foundation Strong Field Project to End Domestic Violence Regional Institutes throughout California
Conference on Organizational Storytelling Smithsonian Institute
Sample Talks (1)
Modern Communication for Meaningful Leaders
Our world is increasingly complex, with more incoming data, and more necessity to be heard and present in a rapidly increasing number of outlets. An ability to quickly filter, synthesize, and communicate meaning is the pressing requirement of leadership. Perfect your abilities to hear and be heard. Learn how to introduce the meaning of new projects and products, and link current projects and challenges to the narrative of your organization’s past, present, and future.
- Workshop Leader
- Corporate Training