Big stories from a small town.


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A welcome from Small Town Leadership founder, Natalie Siston

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Small Town Leadership

Welcome to Small Town Leadership! My name is Natalie Siston. After starting my career in Silicon Valley, I decided to return home to Ohio. Through my experiences in the non-profit, higher education, and corporate sectors, I have realized that everything I ever needed to know I learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. Through my Small Town Leadership blog I will share personal stories and corresponding leadership lessons.

I am passionate about sharing these stories and am available to speak to your business, school, or community organization about putting Small Town Leadership lessons to work for you.


Read the latest small town stories here

Week 47: Small acts of connection add up for a big impact

Perhaps it’s a side effect of my small town upbringing, or maybe I’m wired this way, but at my heart,...

17 years later…

I’ve never written about September 11. I have always figured that there are enough documentaries and stories that reflect that...

Week 46: Judgement and connection

When I was 8 years old, my parents got me a button (think the flair that Jennifer Aniston struggled to...

Week 45: From failure to connection: The story of The Intentional Life Lab

Late in the summer of 2017, my coaching colleague, John, reached out to me. He said that he and two...

Week 44: Surprise friends in adulthood

This week’s article is proof that when it’s the right time to write about something, the inspiration will hit. Most...

Week 43: Why I gave up on networking

We are in the final countdown to the conclusion of 52 Weeks of Meaningful Connections. And I have a confession...

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Natalie Siston

Natalie Siston

Small Town Leadership Founder

Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.