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

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.