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 25: What if we viewed connecting with others like exercise?

For those averse to exercise, hang with me on this one!   I recently had the opportunity to attend the...

Week 24: Roll out the Welcome Wagon

One of the endearing things about growing up in rural Ohio was the excitement that came with someone new moving...

Week 23: Picking up cues to make a connection: The toy tractor story

How observant are you? That’s what I’d like you to think about this week. Here are two instances of “getting...

Finding Faith when I thought I had it already

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed nothing shall be impossible unto you.  ~Matthew 17:20 I wore...

Week 22: Call me, maybe? No really, call me.

All of the songs referencing the telephone are playing in the back of my head. “Hey, I just met you,...

Week 21: Beware of the device – A cautionary tale

When I had my first baby eight years ago, I didn’t have a smartphone. My fanciest technology was a Blackberry,...

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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.