Lisa Pertoso empowers people to be strong creative leaders through her experiential learning company Follow the Fear.  She designs and facilitates programs for people and organizations to explore creativity, embrace change, enhance collaboration, and communicate more clearly. Past clients have included Google’s 30 Weeks, BMW/Mini, TBWA, Equinox, Con Edison, and the 92Y.

Lisa has taught and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada, earned a Master’s degree in International Relations, defended global human rights for women, and directed executive education programs at Hyper Island. 

Lisa follows her fears every day as an improvisation performer, storyteller and writer. She's trained and played on six independent improv troupes on the main stages of The Annoyance NY, Magnet Theater, The People's Improv Theater (PIT), Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB), and in dark basements of bars where there is no stage at all. 

For years Lisa mused about dating and relationships with essays, interviews, and a podcast on the blog she created called 100 First Dates. In 2015, she co-produced and performed in a live comedy show based on her dating experiences. 

Off stage you can find her whizzing around Brooklyn on her blue bike or napping on remote beaches in far off lands.*  

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*writing about yourself in the 3rd person is weird.