SPEAK UP: Using Improv to Succeed in Business

When: Wednesday 10 May, 2017, 6.30–8.30PM
Where: General Assembly, Eureka Building, 1621 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606
AIGA Members: $25 (Using a discount code. All members will have the code emailed to them on Fri April 7. Alternatively, contact archie@aigaoc.org)
Non-Members: $45



Brought to you by AIGA OC and General Assembly. Utilizing the techniques and exercises of improv can dramatically strengthen your ability to communicate clearly and dynamically, collaborate more efficiently, and increase your creativity. In this workshop, you’ll learn to accelerate your confidence, spontaneity, leadership qualities, and much more with an introduction to improv skills. This workshop is ideal for entrepreneurs, startup teams, or anyone who wants to increase their confidence, networking skills, or sales goals.


  • Learn how to accept change, new ideas, and failures in a productive way.
  • Find out tips and tricks to increase sales and interest from investors.
  • Discover how to network more efficiently and create relationships on the spot.
  • Improve your listening skills.
  • Get more comfortable taking risks.

Prereqs & Preparation

Come prepared and willing to interact with others.

About the Instructor

Lizzy Wallace is the founder of “PitchPolish”, a communications practice focusing on the unique challenges that face startup entrepreneurs: pitching and presenting themselves, their products, and companies. With her background in public relations, marketing, and theatre, she provides private training sessions and group workshops on public speaking and communication skills, cultivating the voices of her clients and empowering them to have memorable and effective delivery, relationships, and impressions with investors, customers, and co-workers.

Lizzy is a mentor of the gaming accelerator program YetiZen, US Market Access Center, Santa Monica New Tech, Project Echo, MakeinLA, Grid110. She has been a guest speaker at East Los Angeles College, CalArts, UCLA, and USC.

Lizzy was the delivery pitch coach for Dreamforce's first startup pitch competition, Dreampitch, which included notable judges Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca. She has provided training for major projects for The Republic of Poland, The Chilean Goverment, National IT Promotion Agency of Korea, and has designed the first improv communication program for the Creative Language Center in Switzerland which will debut in the fall of 2016.

Lizzy has independently consulted with many companies including: Microsoft, The Grammys, CAA, Estée Lauder, Clinton Global, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Electronic Arts, Zynga, Capcom, Laundry Locker, AIESEC, Brag Art, Glass And Water Consulting, and Open mHealth.

No stranger to the stage and presenting herself, Lizzy Wallace bases much of her training on her experience as an improv actress, director, and producer having performed with Leela Theater, Weeping Willows and The Show to name a few. She has provided spokesperson and hosting talent for VidSF, NBC, Verizon Wireless, Nissan, SF Weekly, IM Magazine, ArtWorkSF, Swagg, AirBnB, and others.

Lizzy is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and every day professionals to design impactful solutions and help them overcome their personal obstacles to create meaningful communications in the future.

When & Where
Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
General Assembly Orange County
Eureka Building
1621 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603