Mary Lemmer has been helping companies start and grow for over 15 years. She has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and thousands of companies on strategy, growth, leadership development, and team communication. She gave the TED talk “How improv can improve your leadership and life”.
She developed IMPROVE 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. She created the IMPROVE methodology combining improv comedy and other research-backed techniques to improve business challenges, team effectiveness, and leadership skills and has worked with entrepreneurs and small startups to Fortune 500 companies and top universities, including Lyft, KPMG, TED, the University of Michigan, Fordham University, Square, Patreon, TechStars, CBSi, R/GA, Silicon Valley Bank, 500 Startups, among others.
Mary is the author of Straight From the Investor's Mouth: 111 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs, started her first company, Iorio Gelato, at age 14, did early-stage VC, and was an investor in and later a director at a Silicon Valley unicorn.
Mary is a graduate of The University of Michigan. 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.
Read more about Mary and her story here.