Big stories from a small town.


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 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...

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,...

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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.