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Women's Storytelling in Naperville: Ellen Cleary's Empowering Mission to Connect Through Stories

women's storytelling in naperville

In the vibrant heart of our community, Ellen Cleary has embarked on a transformative journey that highlights the profound impact of women's storytelling. Partnering with the She Said Project, Ellen has ignited a movement dedicated to providing women with a platform to share their stories—raw, unfiltered, and authentic. This initiative transcends mere storytelling; it's about creating a tapestry of shared experiences that foster connection, understanding, and the dismantling of isolation felt by many in their personal journeys.

Empowerment Through Storytelling

It all began with a serendipitous meet-up, thanks to Ellen's friend Kate, who introduced her to Jenette Jurczyk, the powerhouse behind the She Said Project. What started as a networking opportunity blossomed into a profound mission. Ellen was captivated by the project's goal to elevate communities through the power of women's voices. She saw herself not just participating but leading the charge to bring this empowering platform to her own backyard. Alongside Lisa Ellstrom, Ellen is turning this dream into reality.

Ellen Cleary
An Open Invitation to Connection

Mark your calendars for April 13, 2024. Ellen, in partnership with the She Said Project, invites you to "That’s What She Said" in Naperville, an evening that promises to light up the room with the power of women's stories. Sponsored by the Kabbe Law Group, expect an unforgettable night of laughter, tears, and a deep sense of belonging. This event is more than an evening out; it's a celebration of the strength, humor, and resilience of women, and you're invited to be part of it.

The Power of Shared Stories

Ellen believes in the revolutionary act of sharing our stories, challenging the curated perfection we often see on social media. Opening up about our lives is a bold step toward changing the narrative, embracing our true selves, and revealing the unfiltered chapters of our lives. Ellen shares, “Hearing a friend share their story makes me feel seen, understood, and a little less alone.” It’s about visibility and connection, especially in those moments when we feel most vulnerable.

Challenges in Storytelling

Storytelling comes with its hurdles—societal pressures, the fear of judgment—but Ellen champions the cause, encouraging women to be fearlessly authentic. “The fear of being judged can be stifling, but I’ve learned that worrying about others' reactions to my truth is not my burden to bear. I am who I am, and that’s more than okay,” she affirms.

Ellen's message is clear: Cast aside doubt and the heavy cloak of expectations. Every woman has a unique story that deserves to be heard. It's about having the courage to be open, to invite the world into your life. “Your story is important, and you are enough, exactly as you are,” she encourages.

The Future of Women's Storytelling

Ellen dreams of a future where authenticity and women’s myriad experiences are celebrated openly, transforming how we connect and understand each other. As more women step up to share their stories, the narrative landscape will evolve into one that’s more inclusive, empathetic, and true to the real human experience.

Ellen Cleary's work with the She Said Project is more than a mission; it's a calling to amplify women's voices and stories. By joining "That's What She Said" in Naperville, you're not just attending an event; you're becoming part of a growing chorus that values the power, bravery, and beauty of women's experiences everywhere.

The Branch is excited to be a sponsor of “That’s What She Said” in Naperville. We can’t wait to see you on April 13th! Get your tickets here. 


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