Richard Stone, CEO

Richard Stone is a nationally recognized speaker on the power of storytelling and its applications in business, healthcare, and education. He got his start 25+ years ago developing story-based training programs for team building and leadership development, and has been a leader in work on narrative reminiscence. He has worked with diverse organizations such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hewlett Packard, Eastman Chemical Company, Kraft Foods, and Novant Health.

Richard has authored the following books: The Healing Art of Storytelling, Stories: The Family Legacy, The Kingdom of Nowt, and co-wrote The Patient Survival Handbook with Synensis’s CEO Stephen Powell. Previously he was the Chief Innovation Officer for Synensis, and prior to that the StoryAnalytics Master for the IDEAS Innovation team (a former division of the Walt Disney Company) where he was on the team that created StoryCare, an innovative program for driving behavioral change among healthcare staff to improve patient safety and satisfaction. Rick also co-created the award-winning board game Pitch-A-Story, and is an accomplished artist and photographer. In addition to his duties at StoryWork International, he also serves as the Executive Vice President for Story and Design at Dewey’s Bakery. Richard is also the co-chair of PCI Media Impact, an international organization located in New York City committed to improving health, environmental, and social justice outcomes around the world using the power of story. 

Richard was the recipient of the 2015 Patient Voice Impact Award co-sponsored by the Leapfrog Group and the Patient Voice Institute. The video he created for the award describes his experience caring for his ailing father.

Richard has a son who is currently working at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Richard divides his time between Winston-Salem, NC and Decatur, GA where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth.