Eli Chen is a journalist, born and raised by Taiwanese immigrants in the northwestern Chicago suburbs. She studied environmental sustainability at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has a graduate degree in journalism from the City University of New York. Eli reports on science and environmental issues for St. Louis Public Radio and produces shows for The Story Collider podcast. She spends a lot of time having conversations about “species” and trying to turn work into excuses to go hiking.
Clay Beyersdorfer is
a genius savant from O’Fallon, IL. Although he currently works in advertising in downtown St. Louis, his hope is to one day be self-employed and live in a cabin in the woods.
Clay’s journey throughout life has taken him from the rain forests of Honduras to the mountains in Afghanistan – and along the way battled substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and self-doubt. Now he looks to make a bigger impact on the world every day.
Wendy Buske is a producer of podcasts, digital ad campaigns, nerdy events, and many other things online and in real life. Originally a Jersey girl, Wendy moved all over the country before calling St. Louis home for the past 17 years. Following some twists and turns that derailed her academic pursuits in PR and journalism, she found her place in the ad world and currently helps bring the stories of clients and their brands to life through her role at advertising agency, Rodgers Townsend. She also gets to explore all of her geeky passions through the company she co-founded, Nerd For A Living, and is a regular speaker and moderator at pop-culture conventions like San Diego Comic-Con.
Each fellow will be a Storyteller at their very own Campfire live event. They will work with our team to craft a story that resonates from their life that will reverberate through an audience.
Our Fellows are quiet heroes who want to live an examined life and want to give that gift to others. President Obama describes quiet heroes as people who “[are] not famous. Their names are not in the newspapers, but each and every day they work hard… They aren’t seeking the limelight. All they try to do is just do the right thing.”
The Campfire team gives our Fellows everything we’ve designed and created over the last year and a half. We’ve developed a welcoming cohort program so you can meet cool, new people who are going through the same experience. Your cohort members are there for support and sounding boards. The other Fellows will also provide ideas and thoughts for to make your Campfire amazing. The fellowship starts with a six-week training prior to Season 5 kicking off then when it gets closer to your Campfire you will have three individual coaching sessions. We teach you public speaking, group facilitation, and storytelling skills. We prepare you to host your own Campfire with three individual coaching sessions and a rehearsal in front of select Campfire team members, volunteers, and past storytellers.