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Welcome to Small Town Leadership

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.


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Week 30: One Goal + One Network = Make ONE Connection this week

I’m going to have you brush off the Network Mapping Exercise I covered during Week 13: Uncovering the opportunities (and...

Week 29: Take me out to the ballgame

As the mom of two active daughters, almost any night of the week could be spent at soccer, swimming or...

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From a Small Town to Making It Big Featuring: Amy Waninger

Amy Waninger is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level LLC. I met Amy through the network of...

Week 28: See something through someone else’s eyes

When I started this blog series, I had a carefully curated cadence of articles bundled nicely into specific topics.  Over...

Week 27: The Art of Email Introductions

The technique I describe this week is what sparked my interest in networking nearly 15 years ago. In my first...

Week 26: Quick fix or long game? What’s your view on networking?

If you’ve been following 52 Weeks of Meaningful Connections diligently from the start – you are now HALFWAY through the...

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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.