Unearth: The Hero Within

Living a more powerful and purpose-filled life begins with telling a more powerful and purpose-filled story. Learn about the course, see what's included, meet our story heroes (graduates!), and register for our next session.

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Our Degas Class

  • Guides you to unearth the 15-minute TEDx talk version of how you became who you are.

  • Arms you with a 2,000- to 4,000-word written version of your story.

  • Teaches you, step-by-step, the storytelling structure that empowers you as the hero of your own narrative.

  • Reveals your unique superpowers so you can be more intentional in how you show others your gifts.

If you want to break the chains that keep you thinking in the same old way, you have to do something different. This is something different. This course unlocks an authenticity that's desperately needed in communication among humans. It makes something ineffable possible. I will be an ambassador 4-e-v-e-r.

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Robin Parker Meredith
Executive Coach, Stagen Leadership Academy

What’s Included Over Seven Weeks

15 Guided Videos

Original content of Corey Blake guiding you every step of the way.

22 Readings

Original content our storytelling team has developed to invite you more deeply into the learning.

24 Film Clips and TED Talks

Storytelling examples and inspiration to bring the lessons to life.

8 Group Experiences

Zoom get-togethers that establish community and deepen psychological safety.

12 Journaling Lessons

Prompts to guide you through the process of excavating the defining moments of your life.

More than 70 Other Lessons

Audios, quizzes, surveys, and step-by-step guidance to support the building of your story.

365 Days of Access

Return to the lessons and recordings (available to your class only) as needed for ongoing support.

A Life-Changing Experience

If the story you’re telling yourself doesn’t match the life you want to live, it’s time to reclaim the hero within you. It’s time to tell the story of the beautiful and brilliant human being you are.

Degas Class

Kicking off June 15, 2022

Prework begins June 10, 2022

Class times: Weekdays, 10 a.m. CST

Instructor: Corey Blake (bio below)

Story Heroes Faces

We can’t choose many events in our lives that change us. Choosing this course changed me in profound ways I didn’t expect. "Writer" became a piece of who I am. "Hero" sunk deep into the sinews of my being. I have so much gratitude for this experience. Corey & Genevieve are heroic in their craft and ability to pour into others. ❤️❤️

The Company Behind Round Table Storytelling Academy

At Round Table Companies (RTC), we have been specializing in storytelling since our incorporation in 2006 by coaching authors, packaging books, and creating event experiences. While we’ve been in the business of developing stories and inspiring audiences for years, we are now providing education services that guide you in telling your own stories, shining light on your own sense of vulnerability, and discovering your own authentic voice. Our clients have included Zappos, Magoosh, Microsoft, ADP, Marketo, Workday, and hundreds of others who have relied on our team to create a safe space for their vulnerability and growth. We are the creators of the RTC storytelling art wall experience, the Vulnerability is Sexy card game, and our documentary of the same name has won Addy and Hermes awards.

The Team

Corey Blake — Creator, Class Facilitator

Corey Blake is the founder of RTC, which he has been leading for 16 years. Prior to starting the company, Corey was an actor in Los Angeles. He starred in one of the 50 greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time and an infamous spot for Yard Fitness in addition to guest-starring on prime-time television shows and making appearances in films. He received his BFA in theatre from Millikin University, studied for 18 months at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and is currently in his fourth year of the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) at the Stagen Leadership Academy in Dallas. His work in storytelling has earned a Belding, a Bronze Lion, a London International Advertising Award, numerous Addy Awards, and 17 Independent Publishing Awards. Corey has been quoted and/or featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Wired, and Barron’s. Corey is a class facilitator for Unearth for businesses and for individuals, Uncover, and My Journey to Conscious Capitalism.

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Genevieve Georget — Community Director, Class Facilitator

Genevieve Georget is the published author of Her Own Wild Winds (2016) and Solace: A Journal of Human Experience (2019), which was awarded 2020 Book of the Year for the Ottawa Faces Magazine awards. Gen’s writing and photography have been featured in publications such as The Good Mother Project, Oprah.com, Simplify Magazine, Her View from Home, and The Good Men Project. She is also the coauthor of Gathering around the Table with EarthKind CEO Kari Warberg Block. She is a facilitator of Unearth for businesses and individuals, Uncover, and Women and Story.

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Sunny DiMartino — Academy Branding Director

Sunny has been growing personally and professionally with RTC since 2009, packaging books and designing interior layouts, covers, and/or digital versions for 150+ books across all genres (business, memoirs, fiction, illustrated books, workbooks, and test prep books with complex math typesetting). With an eye for detail, she oversees the Academy’s visual design and the protection of our intellectual property, while ensuring the alignment of our core values throughout our operations. She has over 15 years of experience with Adobe InDesign and helped to pioneer RTC’s live art installations, providing structural design, creative direction, management, and onsite artistry.

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Kelsey Schurer — Story Coach, Academy Content Director

Original content for the storytelling course was co-created and led by Kelsey Schurer who also leads our story coaching services for Academy participants and book writing clients (including a client with a forthcoming title from Chronicle Books). Kelsey received her master of fine arts in fiction from Virginia Tech, her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Florida State, and she is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts alum. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her honors include Winner of the Virginia Tech Poetry Prize presented by the Academy of American Poets, second-place recipient of the Emily Morrison Fiction Prize, winner of the Louis and Mart P. Hill Outstanding Thesis Award, and winner of the regional Scholastic Writing Award presented by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Her work has most recently appeared on poets.org and in Apalachee Review and her article “The Best Job Candidates are the Best Storytellers,” published by Harvard Business Review, has been shared more than 7,000 times on Facebook alone.

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Keli McNeill — Educational Content Director, Student Onboarding

While Keli has moved on from RTC after eight years of bringing her huge heart to our family, she was the initial overseer of educational content for our flagship course and supported onboarding for new class participants. Keli received her BS degree in English literature education from Appalachian State University and spent seven years teaching in classrooms before joining RTC in 2014. ​​Keli worked alongside RTC’s editors to develop content for the ORP Library, which provides resources for families with children with intense special needs. She is now a client account manager for Remote COO.

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The RTC storytelling course is therapeutic, but it is not therapy.

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The Round Table Storytelling Academy

Our Origin Story

Corey explains how this course was originally created and the impact it has had.