Lindsey_Caplan believes that mixing a little levity, humor and storytelling is not just good for the heart, it’s good for your bottom line. She believes work can be a place where you become your best self. She is a Learning and Development professional with experience in program facilitation, management, development and design. Her passion is people development. She enjoys utilizing her expertise in experiential, on-your-feet training and facilitation techniques, often from the world of Improvisational Theater, to teach tools for navigating the business world without a script.
She leverages 10 years in creative roles in tech and media, experience in organizational effectiveness and staff development, and passion for facilitation to create and deliver customized learning and change initiatives. This work accelerates and builds performance capability around idea generation, leadership development, team-building, presentation and communication skills, and resiliency on an individual and group level. The result is teams and individuals prepared to adapt, innovate, lead, and collaborate.
She comes from the Education Department at DreamWorks Animation where she pioneered a people-skills training program based upon the principles of Improvisation, story and play. The innovative classes attracted employees ranging from managers to animators and software engineers. She also founded and led the first-in-kind Improv performance troupe at DreamWorks Animation.
As an independent consultant she has worked with professional organizations and schools including McKinsey & Co., Marymount School, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, University of California at Davis Graduate School of Business, Cogswell Polytechnical College, Rotary International, Net Impact, Adaptive Path, the Jewish High Tech Community (JHTC) and more.
Lindsey serves on the Board of the Applied Improvisation Network, a professional organization of over 2,000 trainers who specialize in applying Improvisation to organizational and personal development. She has been improvising since 2007 (as a student of BATS Improv and Upright Citizens Brigade) and performs Improv with various troupes around NYC and the Bay Area, including one she co-founded.
Lindsey earned her Bachelors of Science in Communication, and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
She is optimistic enough to think she can change the way we work, and thus, change the world. Please don’t dissuade her. She speaks more about this in her first blog post.