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Stacey Mason | The Improv Lab

Stacey Mason has a unique blend of coaching, corporate experience, and improv comedy training. In college, she immersed herself in the competitive world of pre-Olympic-level gymnastics, first as an athlete herself, then as a coach. From there she spent the next eighteen years at Walmart Inc., leading large teams in divisions from logistics and operations to global supply chain and enterprise inventory management.

Later in her career at the world’s largest retailer, she shifted towards leadership development, executive development and culture coaching, having full responsibility for the Walton Institute, Walmart’s flagship culture program.   

Stacey is a successful businesswoman, published writer, and a self-described introvert and nerd (think of a female version of TV’s Sheldon Cooper, only not as hip) who is the last person in the world you would expect to end up on stage performing improvisational comedy. However, as her Birkman assessment will tell you, Stacey is unable to do anything halfheartedly. 

What started out as a dare to push her out of her comfort zone evolved into a personal quest to train with some of the best improv companies in the country. She has worked and trained with actor-teams from the Kansas City Improv Company, Jimmy Carrane of Improv Nerd and Second City in Chicago. She is also a member of the Applied Improvisation Network, which hosts annual conferences around the globe and REALLY puts Stacey out her comfort zone by causing her to miss her self-appointed 8 p.m. bedtime.   

Stacey’s adventures in improv comedy combined with her corporate and executive coaching experience has made her uniquely prepared to teach Applied Improvisation. She opened The Improv Lab in 2018 to help others experiment with their own perspectives and to enhance the effectives of teams and organizations.

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