About Mike De Socio

Mike De Socio is a storyteller in Troy, working as a journalist at the Albany Business Review, and telling stories all over the Albany region at open mics. He moved to Troy two years ago after studying at Boston University, and has previously done work for NPR’s On Point, Slate, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today and HuffPost. Mike forged his storytelling chops while growing up in New Jersey and reporting, as a young journalist, on Hurricane Sandy and the Jersey shore.

Talk Description

Two years ago, I published a story that cracked open a longstanding silence about what it was like to be queer in the Boy Scouts of America – and it sparked a national conversation. What I discovered along the way was that leaders must be vulnerable and share their true stories in order to create change. Storytelling allows people to see themselves in leaders and embrace the change they are trying to make.