Sharing big stories from a small town


Through regular blog posts I share my own small town stories, along with corresponding leadership lessons. I also look forward to sharing stories of others who have lessons from their upbringing in a small town.

What can you expect from my posts? Since these posts will be created in real time from all corners of my memory, you can expect part “Dear Diary”, part nostalgia, humor, awkward adolescent stories, dinner table conversation, and above all gratitude. I am forever grateful that I grew up with the supporting and loving parents and sister that I did and will probably share things on this blog that they don’t even remember, but are seared in my memory.  

I also hope to bring Republic, Ohio and the greater Seneca County community to life through this blog. Even though I haven’t lived there in over 15 years, I carry the people, places, and values with me everywhere. That is the inspiration for Small Town Leadership.


Small town stories are here

Parenting: Small Town Style

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Top 10 things I learned from leading the women’s group at my company for two years

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I was ALIVE yesterday

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Dear Small Town Girl…

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From a Small Town to Making it Big Featuring: Mindi Wells

In this post, I introduce you to Mindi Wells, an attorney, business advisor, educator, lifelong learner and world traveler. Mindi...

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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.