Speaking, Facilitation, & Training
Speaking, Facilitation, & Training
In-person & Virtual
You could hire a consultant, a cheerleader, a therapist, a motivational speaker, and a camp counselor, or you could hire Mac & Cheese Productions℠. Wife and Husband Saya and Pete, who met at a Mac & Cheese event, are both the perfect blend of professor, peer, and friend. Clients like Microsoft, CDWG, Eventbrite, Feeding America, Alliant Credit Union, Groupon, Industrious, AOL, RUSH Hospital, Lincoln Park Zoo, Creative Mornings, Soho House, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the North American Association of Commencement Officers, the International Live Events Association, and Missouri’s Municipal Trust have entrusted Mac & Cheese with their most precious commodity, their people.
Everyone’s favorite buddy and not one to list accomplishments, Vanderbilt alumnus Pete moved to Chicago for improv and has been performing and teaching for over twenty years, now using the art form to help teams and individuals learn, grow, and become better versions of themselves. One of Brazen Careerist’s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, featured in Forbes and the New York Times, a TEDx speaker, and one to list all of her accomplishments including the WGN-TV Extra Effort Award she won at age 17, Montessori and Boston College alumna Saya draws from owning a business since 2004 and from being different since 1978 to inspire you to take charge of your life. Sound big and daunting? Mac & Cheese specializes in pulling back the curtain to make big and daunting baby-step doable.
“Without a doubt, Saya's talk was my (and many others’) most memorable and favorite. Priceless!”
"To our surprise and delight, even though some team members had initial reservations being goofy and vulnerable in front of their coworkers, everyone unanimously reported afterward that they found the session to be highly valuable and would do it again without hesitation. Pete has a real knack for putting people at ease - he got our entire team to open up, laugh and most importantly have fun! If you are looking for a unique team building experience that will get even the most reserved members of your team to loosen up and get silly, we would highly recommend Pete!"
“Saya is natural born storyteller. She practices what she preaches in her ‘Life of Yes’ approach to living by being vulnerable and generous with her audiences and by taking risks to share what she’s discovering about the world and herself in a way that hands others along just a little further in their journey toward self-understanding. And she does all of this with a great sense of humor. She inspires us to want to live more boldly.”
“Saya spoke to our very diverse group of over 120 business owners in Illinois. She was not only able to hold their attention, with people rapidly taking notes, hanging on every word, but after the event we had many guests tell us she was the most relatable person they have ever heard speak to them before. We are still receiving positive feedback from the event and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Saya has cultivated her relatable real life experiences into presentations that can benefit all walks of life. She comes highly recommended.”
"I hired Pete to conduct an improv session with my team to help build their presentation skills and be able to respond to questions on the fly. Pete did a wonderful job. He had a great way of getting us to feel more comfortable with each other and build camaraderie. He was fantastic at observing us and picking up the distinctions of each of our personalities and his feedback was on point and extremely helpful. Pete did a great job of making what seemed to be silly exercises on the surface relevant for public speaking on a professional, and personal, level."
“Saya presented the Life of Yes workshop to a packed room of our members. After the session, the attendees were abuzz discussing the exciting projects they planned to start based on the LOY philosophy. I’m included in that – I went back to my desk and got the ball rolling on a creative project I’ve been putting off for years! Thank you Saya!”
“Saya is a wonderfully engaging speaker… enthusiastic while down to earth; entertaining yet insightful; relatable, thought-provoking and real. When she shared her dream job wish-list and how she turned that list into a reality I found it not only inspiring, but motivating in a way that made me say to myself, 'What a great idea! That’s a roadmap I can actually follow myself.' ”
“Saya has a very informal and confident presentation style, and is more non-traditional in her approach to entrepreneurship, which I think gave attendees another viewpoint on entrepreneurship in general. Also, there was a very effective exercise at the end of the session that got everyone talking with people they didn’t already know in a way that we didn’t have in any of the other sessions.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to attend Saya’s session, I hadn’t laughed that much all week and it really set the tone for my day! Her talk was vulnerable, encouraging, and really made me pause to think about how I want to approach a meaningful life of yes. Her enthusiasm and infectious smile rippled through the audience and proved her passion for helping those who seek purpose. It’s rare that a speaker makes such a lasting impression, especially at 9 am on a Friday, but Saya proved herself a compassionate and dedicated individual and I’m so excited to see what’s next!”
“Saya and Pete were great at the Ideation Conference. They had attendees at our intensive lab get out of their chairs for improv breakout sessions. Each session called on participants to break from their shells and get creative. Improv sessions are a great way to get conference attendees out of their comfort zone and find a commonality with other attendees. We can’t wait to work with them again.”