Jeff Rodgers: Event Host / Presentation Coach / Playmaker
|Jeff Rogers helps people overcome freezing up by teaching them how to think fast using improvisation.
After going from being a kid with a speech impediment and drinking a bottle of Pepto Bismol just to get up in front of an audience to performing on stage at The Second City with Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and many more. Jeff uses his experience to help others leverage improvisation to instantly adapt and succeed in any situation.
Jeff can be seen on national television commercials for Crestor, BP, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, & Ford, as well as roles on Empire, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Proven Innocent. He is an Executive Producer, creator and host of the cable TV show Homemade Game Show.
He is the owner of Players Workshop, the original, independent school of improvisation in the country, and the author of The Playmaker Mindset coming out in spring 2021.
Jeff has won Telly, Communicator, W3, and Hermes Creative Awards. He is also the founder of The Factory Theater in Chicago. He is the owner of Players Workshop, the original, independent school of improvisation in the country, and the author of The Playmaker Mindset coming out in spring 2021. Learn how to change your culture, create a psychologically safe and inclusive environment while innovating at the speed of thought.
Ray Engan: Speaker | Coach | Storyteller
|Ray went on from being a shy little boy to a career in stand-up comedy, performing with and writing for some of America’s best comedians. He began using the skill of connecting through comedy in the business world and became the sales manager of America’s most award-winning small business.
Ray works at the intersection of Leadership, Laughter, and Influence, giving Inspiration and Hope through Humor to leaders across America. He has testified before a presidential task force, and appeared on MSNBC, as a Voice of small business in America.
Ray Engan is an award-winning motivational speaker, coach, and storyteller. He is the current President and Chief Charisma Officer of Leadership Through Laughter
Cody Cotulla: Professional Speaker | Standup Comedy
|Cody Cotulla works at the intersection of comedy, communication, and confidence. He helps people develop their comedy skills to communicate more effectively and build stronger more meaningful relationships both personally and professionally.
Cody started building his own comedy skills in elementary school, making people laugh on purpose using jokes from books, retelling jokes from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and poking fun at himself. Forty-plus years later he still regularly makes people laugh in the workplace, at home, at public speaking events, on comedy stages, and now on Zoom.
Cody has been an active member of Toastmasters for years, studied improv and performed as part of a two-person improv team, and worked as a full-time professional standup comic.
He’s worked for over twenty years in the tech industry, as a technical writer, software developer, and manager. He got his first tech job because he sent a video of himself performing standup to the hiring manager. He’s also a long-time husband and parent, who believes his daughter will one day appreciate all the jokes and stories she’s had to listen to over the years.