exceptional experiences

introducing NiNA LESIGA

Exceptional experiences are transforming.
My passion is creative expression of the "Art of Experience". I deliver engaging keynote addresses, workshops and events related to better living.

I tell personal stories of uncommon adventure and I coach new Ukulele Music Makers.

Four years ago I stepped out of a thirty year corporate career as a Chemist and into the world of an Artist.  My one woman show "Nina University" is about my personal pilgrimage to reinvention.    . 

I'm a co-organizer of PechaKucha Bridgeport launching May 9th at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT. 

Website header and headshot photo by The Confetti Project.

Upcoming Engagements
Feb 28, 2018- April 25, 2018  7:00 PM - 8:30 pm "Ukulele Club Beginner Workshop, Stratford Adult Continuing Education at Wooster Middle School, Stratford, CT (fee)

Mar 22, 2018 - 11 AM "Nina U" performance, Waterford Women's Club, Waterford Library, Waterford, CT

March 23, 2018 - Ukulele workshops at Osher Lifelong Learning at UCONN Waterbury. 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM (fee) 5 weeks, no class March 30th

April 6, 2018 - 8:00 PM.- Story City Troupe presents stories on the theme of "Caught" at the Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT ($10)

April 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM Introduction yo Pechakucha 20x20 Bridgeport, Barnum Museum, 820 Main St, Brideport, CTMay 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM - Pechakucha 20x20 Bridgeport, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT (Free but ticket required).

May 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM PechaKucha Bridgeport show at the Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT (free  but ticket required)

June 21, 2018 - Make Music Day - "Ukulele for Everyone" - venues and times under construction in collaboration with City Lights Fallery and Bridgeport Special Services District. 

"Excellent Instructor and loads of fun" - Ukulele workshop participant, Stratford Adult Continuing Education

"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

"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

Reinvention from Chemist to Artist

Experience Highlights

  • Speaker, Workshop Facilitor, Storyteller and Community Music Leader
    making uncommon adventures  common
  • Global Communications Manager/Operations Manager
    fortune global 500 company
  • Globe Trekker
    Making uncommon adventure common


  • 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
  • KEYNOTE  Speaking
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • writer/blogger

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, First Night Hartford, 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".
Ukulele Workshops and Seminars
Norwalk Lifelong Learner Institute at Norwalk Community College (CT), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCONN, Waterbury, Sterling House Community Cnter, Stratford Continuing Adult Education Education in Stratford, CT,
Sterling House Community Center in Stratford, CT
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.
Ukulele Adventure/Ukulele for Everyone - Stratford CT Adult Continuing Education, Sterling House Community Center (Stratfoed, CT), Osher Lifelong Learning at UCONN Waterbury, Lifelong Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College (Norwalk, CT)

Featured in the June 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Member of "Northeast Storytelling" (formerly LANES)
Member of the "Story City Troupe" and the "Hempstead Storytellers"
Co-organizer PechaKucha Bridgeport


Comedy Bliss

“There’s an Improv/Commedia Dell’Arte show in Fort Green, Brooklyn, wanna go?” I said “Yes” despite not knowing what this actually was. It was a chance to discover this form of comedy first hand and though I lived in Brooklyn most of my life, I don’t recall visiting this neighborhood.  

“Two of my improv teachers from the Funny School of Good Acting-Chris Bayes’ and Virginia Scott’ are putting it on. It’s going to be bawdy and over the top. I know some of the players and they are amazing...


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