the  art  of  experience

  • Stratford Star, Hamlet Hub, Coca-Cola website.
  • Solo Travel 101 and DayCation 101 Workshops for Adult Continuing Education.
  • Dynamic motivational speaker on solo traveling - Libraries, Senior Centers, story telling events.

introducing NiNA LESIGA

Exceptional experiences are  transforming.
I am an Artisan. My passion is to inspire fresh thinking about adventure, rejuvenation and discovery.

I work with learning programs, community organizations and companies to deliver customized talks and workshops on travel, storytelling and employee engagement.

I perform true stories of uncommon adventure and lead accelerated beginner Ukulele workshops for teens and adults.

Three years ago I stepped out of a thirty year global corporate career as a Chemist into the world of an Artisan. The next stop on this journey is developing and performing my one woman show.

Upcoming Engagements
Sept 8, 2017
, 1:45 PM, "The Ukulele Adventure" 5 session workshop, University of CT. OLLI, 99 East Main St.,Waterbury CT (Fee)
Oct 4,2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - "Gotta Ukulele", Stratford Continuing Education 5 week workshop series on Wednesdays, 45 North Parade Place , Stratford, CT (Fee).
Oct 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM - Story City Troupe tells "Danger" stories at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT ($10) .
Oct 7, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, "Teen Ukulele"  - Workshop series at Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main St. Stratford, CT (Fee)
Oct 12, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ,"The Art of Storytelling", 5 week program on Thursdays - Stratford Continuing Education , 45 North Parade Place, Stratford, CT (Fee)
Oct 12, 2017  12:00 PM -Storytelling Performance & Luncheon for the American Association of University Women. Charity event at The Thames Club, 290 State Street ,New London, CT  ($40)
Nov 3, 2017, 8:00 PM, Story City Troupe Tellabration.  "Gratitude or Not", Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT ($10)
Mar 22, 2018 - Keynote Speaker, Waterford Women's Club, Waterford Library, Waterford, CT

"Lesiga approaches daycations like a dedicated artist" - Randall Beach, Connecticut Magazine
"You were so much fun and such a vibrant spirit!" - Ryan Kristafer, host CT Style TV program
"Terrific DayCation program. It was colorful, informative, and there was good "give and take" from the audience!"- CT Library
"Intertwining stories with tips as you did made solo travel feel obtainable. Attendees left feeling, "Yes I can!" - CT Library
"Delightful, unexpected presentation straight from the heart" - Stamford Positive Living Forum member.
"Nina's storytelling class is outstanding" - Workshop participant, Fairfield County Adult Continuing Education.

Proudest Accomplishment

Transforming from a global corporate career to an Artisan

Experience Highlights

  • Speaker, Travel Coach, Storyteller and Community Music Leader
    making uncommon adventures  common
  • Global Communications Manager/Operations Manager
    fortune global 500 company
  • World Travel
    for work and for pleasure


  • Speaking Engagements
    stage, radio, TV, conferences  relating to         empowerment -travel- reinvention - happiness

my travel roadmap

  • 5
    continents - Australia & antartica still a dream
  • 55
  • 250
    cities and towns


  • Coaching
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Writing

Questions & Answers

Where have you presented?
Solo Travel 101/Solo Travel Bootcamp/Self Discovery through Travel/Homestays - Stratford, Bronxville, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Bangor, Mamaroneck, Fairfield, New Haven, Wallingford, Southington, Coventry, Madison. Hamden, Trumbull, Stamford, Cheshire
Art of DayCations - Stratford, New Haven, New Canaan, Milford, Trumbull, Bronxville, Wallingford, North Branford, Cos Cob, East Haven, Simsbury, Fairfield, Westport, Hamden, Waterbury, Larchment, Easton, Manchester
Happiness during Transition
- Hartford, Madison, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Old Lyme
Storyteller - Hartford's MOuTH, Story City Troupe, SpeakUp, Story Barn, PechaKucha in New Haven, Westport, Bangor, Stratford CT Storytelling Adventure, Juneteenth at Hempsted House, Rebirth Arts Festival Listen Y'All, Tellabration, CT, Adult Education Programs in Stratford, CT and Fairfield CT, "We Rise Storytelling Collective".
TV Interview Shows - "Art Here and Now" aired live Feb 17, 2016 Channel 25 Atlantic Broadband;"
Ageless TV" - Cablevision Channel 88, Norwalk CT are d Oct 9, 12, 16, 19, 2015,
"CT Style" Uncommon Daycations aired on Mar 31, 2016 on WTNH Channel 8.

Featured in the June 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Member of "Northeast Storytelling" (LANES)
Cast Member "Story City Troupe"


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I decided to have my dinner at the restaurant bar instead of a table. I don’t usually order an appetizer, but I heard the appetizer special was avocado salad and it intrigued me. I didn’t ask the specifics and when it was served it was a piece of art and a taste sensation . The tower of tomatoes were just picked from the owner’s garden. It was stunning and the perfect ice breaker for conversation with others seated around the bar.

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