Bridget Flaherty, founder
Bridget Flaherty has a successful career in Information Technology and Business Process Improvement and she is a Storyteller. Odd combination? Yes. And it makes her uniquely qualified to teach storytelling for business.
The first time that Bridget got on stage to tell a story, she won the competition. Instantly, she was hooked. She began travelling to share stories across the Midwest, including cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Louisville, Cincinnati and Dayton.
Quickly, Bridget recognized how a captivating story can impact business success through effective leadership, captivating marketing, increased sales and clarified company culture. It was a natural fit. Marrying her more than 20 years of experience in business leadership with her passion for storytelling, Bridget developed a curriculum that makes sense for business professionals and she began to share the art of storytelling. LORE was born.
Bridget leads storytelling workshops, small group sessions and provides one-on-one coaching for business professionals that desire to tell a captivating story.
Te'Jal Cartwright, co-owner and story coach
Te'Jal Cartwright is the executive producer and host of "What's the Biz with TJ", a digital platform that tells the stories of Black-owned businesses in communities across the nation. Under Te'Jal's leadership, What's the Biz has helped increase the visibility and brand awareness of more than 100 Black-owned businesses in Dayton. Te'Jal has 3 completed seasons, has garnished over 72,000 views in season 3 alone, and has partnered with organizations like the Greater West Dayton Incubator and Launch Dayton to connect local Black owned businesses to much needed resources. Te'Jal has also interviewed legendary artists like, Jo Jo Brim and Christopher "Play" Martin from Kid N' Play.
Te’Jal Cartwright has been a natural advocate for storytelling and a part of the LORE team in a variety of capacities since January 2019. She is an engaging host and a proficient technologist who keeps the LORE Storytelling Workshops moving smoothly. In June 2021, Te'Jal decided to take on the role of a story coach. Learning the art of Storytelling has improved every aspect in her life so she's enthused to share these tools with the world. Her love for storytelling is ever evolving. In 2023, Te'Jal accepted the role as Lore's co-owner and lead story coach. Her role will focus on combining storytelling and media in the next Lore era!
She is a passionate community advocate and a true champion of community development in Dayton. With a B.A. in English from the University of Dayton and a professional track record of implementing digital media to execute innovative, high-yield fundraising and community outreach strategies, she is committed to using her skills and talents to uplift Dayton as well as the global Black community and creating a better world for her son, Luke.