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.


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Week 34: Practicing connection in small ways – my weekly running example

I’m training for a half-marathon and decided to use my weekly runs as a ground for connection. While stopping by...

Week 33: Take stock: A passive networking technique

With 20 weeks left in this year-long journey, you might be getting fatigued from talking to strangers, writing those highly...

Week 32: Connected or “Connected”?

This week is about social media. One of the interesting / intimidating / freaky parts about growing a brand and...

Week 31: Your turn to be the expert

Much of the content of 52 Weeks of Meaningful Connections has focused on how to tap into your network to...

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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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.