Future 50: Haley Boehning, Storyforge

Laura Newpoff
2020 Future 50 class member Haley Boehning

Future 50 Class of 2020

Haley Boehning

Co-founder, Storyforge

About: After a long career at Limited Brands where she rose to vice president of internal communications, Haley Boehning went out on her own in 2013, founding Haley & Co. Ltd. to help clients with their targeted messaging strategies. She launched Storyforge a year later.

Storyforge helps its clients build brands that matter by mastering their meaningful story and aligning all aspects of the business with it. Boehning has welcomed clients of all kinds—nonprofits, social enterprises and pre-revenue startups to multi-billion-dollar international companies that all have a common desire to change their corner of the world. “By inspiring, connecting and educating those who share her vision, she is helping to create a future where business is a force for good,” said John Lowe, CEO for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, in nominating Boehning for Future 50.

Outside of work: Boehning is vice chair of Conscious Capitalism’s Columbus chapter, which she helped establish in 2017. She will become chair in January 2020. She is a founding member of the Matriots, Ohio’s first multi-partisan political action committee dedicated to electing more women to public office.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Our region’s poverty rate remains stubbornly high despite record low unemployment. Women, people of color and our LGBTQ+ neighbors remain underrepresented in business and community leadership positions. As Central Ohio’s population grows, we risk widening these gaps and fortifying the barriers that created them. We must do more, better and faster, to address these disparities and inequities.”

Boehning’s idea: “We should bring business, civic and nonprofit leaders together to identify and address community challenges. Not just through donations, generic community service projects or appointments to board seats, but through targeting specialized talent. I suggest a project clearinghouse of sorts to bring together ad-hoc teams for time-bound projects that leverage the skills of these public-private partnership teams to study an issue, debate and align on a solution.”

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