Margaret (Maggi) Cary

2014 - 2015 Innovative Leaders Speaker Series:

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How to Engage Your Audience with Story: Leadership 101
with Margaret (Maggi) Cary

Friday, September 19, 2014
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Wine & cheese reception to follow!

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


"If (public health) were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."

-Adapted from Rudyard Kipling


Session Overview

What is it about stories that makes us feel, rather than think? How is it that their messages inspire, delight, challenge and motivate us? Our brains are wired for story. If we live by stories, we change by stories. Effective presentation skills and storytelling induce your audience, your constituents and your funders to lean forward and to listen rather than focus on their email.

Our 2014-2015 Innovative Leaders Speaker Series kicked off Friday, September 19, 2014 with "How to Engage Your Audience with Story: Leadership 101" with Margaret (Maggi) Cary, MD, MBA, MPH, physician, leadership coach, and writer. This was an exciting opportunity for participants to learn how to connect more effectively with your audience with story.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to analyze an effective story or presentation
  • Learn how to tell a story your audience will hear AND remember
  • Learn how to deliver a compelling 3-5 minute story


Session Agenda:

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Registration
3:00pm - 5:00pm: Program
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Reception & Networking 


Our goal for the new Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is to provide public health professionals with an opportunity to learn about innovative ideas and new ways of thinking while creating a forum to share these ideas with others. Each session will provide you with an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and to network with your peers.




Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is sponsored by the Center for Health Leadership (CHL) and the California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT). The CHL mission is to inspire and empower current and emerging health leaders to realize their leadership potential and to solve the health challenges facing California and the world, and to increase the depth and quality of diverse health leaders and professionals in all health sectors. The CHL aspires to accomplish this by serving as an innovative, lifelong resource for students, alumni, and other professionals to enhance their capacity to lead from where they are, and to enhance their ability to create transformational impacts on public health and health care. Each speaker in the Series provides our students and professionals with essential resources that promote leadership through innovation.

All talks in this new Series are open to public health and health care professionals, faculty, staff and students.

The David Brower Center

How much? 

  • General admission: $45
  • UCB Alumni, UCB Students, Staff and Faculty: 25% off General Admission (please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the discount code)

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About Margaret (Maggi) Cary:

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Margaret (Maggi) Cary, MD, MBA, MPH has been telling stories since she could talk. (Just ask her mother.) Years ago her professional interest in storytelling was stimulated by teaching physicians, residents and medical students to improve their communication with patients and colleagues by listening to their stories. Maggi started her professional career as a family physician in Santa Rosa and moved through positions of increasing responsibility, all of which led to her founding and leading an executive coaching and training company where she is her clients' architect as they design and implement their leadership journeys and create their own stories. She delivers goal-directed, evidence-based executive coaching and training for healthcare leaders in private industry, academic medical centers, professional associations and research organizations. She has spoken at the National Health Service, the National Rural Health Association, Peking Union Medical College, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, the California Telehealth and Telemedicine Center (now California Telehealth Resource Center) and ATHAR, Dubai Medical and Pharmacy Colleges' Graduate Forum. Coaching clients include the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), TED Fellows and the Samueli Institute, among others. She developed and teaches the narrative medicine, or reflective storytelling course at Georgetown University's School of Medicine and has created and delivered a presentation on Engaging with Story at the Harvard Macy Institute. She is a regular essayist on, has been published in many publications and co-authored a seminal text on telemedicine, Telehealth and Telemedicine: Principles, Policies, Performance and Pitfalls.