Moments: Kristin Pedemonti and “Superhero Grandma”

To say that “you’re in for a treat” is an understatement when it comes to hearing the extraordinary storyteller, Kristin Pedemonti. Today’s “Moments” episode is a story that all of us can relate to in some form or another. I don’t want to say anything about it because hearing the story is “it”…

(Production Note: The sound on today’s podcast is a bit “tinny” because we were recording remotely. Just think ‘old time radio’ and forgive me, would ya!? It’s worth it, I promise!  I’ll be back with my usual microphone next week!)

About Our Guest, Kristin Pedemonti

We become the stories we tell. As a Storyteller/Speaker, Trainer and Presentation Skills Coach, Kristin serves clients and audiences around the world to connect across perceived differences, communicate their life experiences and share their stories in a clear, compelling and connective way. She has presented in 20+ countries across 4 continents so far. Currently, she serves as a Storytelling Consultant at the World Bank where she serves staff to tell the human story beneath the data. Kristin also teaches and coaches storytelling and presentation skills around the world for clients such as JP Morgan Chase, MIT, and Inkubater Starter.

In 2005 she sold her home & most possessions to create/facilitate Literacy Outreach Belize and has donated programs for 33K youth and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in schools.

In 2013 Kristin facilitated Artfully Aware’s Community Created Book Project in Kenya, Ghana and Haiti.

She was the 1st American Storyteller accepted into the Kanoon International Storytelling Festival in Iran, February 2015.

You can find her books Bridge of Story: Risking it All to Connect Classrooms and Cultures (about her Belize experiences),  Ghana Is… and Perseverance & Possibility in Kenya are available at Ms. Pedemonti’s website,

Kristin currently resides in Washington DC where she lives with the Golden Girls.

Fun Facts

She went to Burning Man in 2015 and camped with Pink Heart, yes it was amazing.
Kristin has been kissed by giraffes in Kenya, made groundnut soup in Ghana, performed yearly in Paris from 2008 to 2014 and couch-surfed across Europe on tour Spring 2010.
Kristin can sometimes be seen riding a pink drift trike in DC Bike Party.
She was 3lbs when she was born and does her best to live the phrase: “small but mighty.”


National Storytelling Network 2011 Oracle Award: International Story Bridge
Finalist is the TED Talks 2013 Worldwide Talent Search: The Young, The Wise & The Undiscovered


National Storytelling Network
Storytelling Center of New York City

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About the Author Lee Ann Hopkins

"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!

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