Jessie Shternshus

Founder of Improv Effect


Improv Effect was founded 2007, by Jessie Shternshus. Her goal was to help businesses reach their full potential by means of interpersonal-communication skills training. Throughout the years, Jessie has become a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies such as GrouponFidelity InvestmentsJohnson & JohnsonGetty Images, The PGA TourCrayola and many more. Utilizing an array of experiential techniques, some of which she learnt on the job at Disney and Sesame Street, she leads teams and organizations in their endeavors to achieve teamworkcreative problem solving tools, on-boardingpresentation skills, and product development ideation sessions.  Jessie co-authored the book, CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like today and

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The Improv Effect has been a speaker at: Conferencia Rails ConvergeFL LeanDayWest MadisonRuby NDC London NDCOslo HybridConf UXMad and many more.    A great post on The Improv Effect: and Check out this podcast to hear more about the how The Improv Effect works with businesses:

Some of her proudest contributions are developing an engineering on-boarding curriculum, helping build an innovation lab within a global enterprise company, and being a speaking coach to leaders worldwide.


  • Adecco
  • Aerostar Environmental Services
  • Affinity Law Firm
  • Allstate
  • Availity
  • Bizconf
  • Blue Box Group
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Brumos
  • Capital One
  • Cengage
  • Citizens Property Insurance
  • Cognition Corporation
  • Crayola
  • Daniel Kids
  • Downtown Vision
  • Enova
  • Expedia
  • Fidelity investments
  • Galvanize
  • Gaslight
  • Getty Images
  • Google
  • Groupon
  • First Coast Apartment Association
  • Florida Proton Therapy Institute
  • Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Hands on Jacksonville
  • Hashrocket
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Jump Start Lab
  • Living Social
  • LitheSpeed
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Macy's
  • MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
  • Microsoft/Skype
  • Multiple Myeloma Group Jax
  • Netflix
  • PGA Tour
  • Pipedrive
  • Pontoon
  • Proton Therapy Institute
  • Pulte Homes
  • RMI
  • TableXI
  • Transferwise
  • The Department of Defense
  • The Florida Youth Division
  • University of North Florida
  • Visit Jacksonville
  • WorkSource
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • 8thLight

"I loved improv class!!! It’s a really good time. I find it amazing how quickly I’ve incorporated some of the teachings into my everyday life. In conversations, I’m quicker and more confident about sticking to my word. In essence, committing to my thoughts. Thanks for offering such an insightful program."

Rachel Calandra

Action News WTEV Jacksonville