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

Four years ago I stepped out of a thirty year career as a Chemist and into the world of an Artist. My one woman show, " I am Nina" shares my uncommon adventure to reinvention. I'm a co-organizer of PechaKucha 20x20 in Bridgeport CT.

Website header photo by The Confetti Project.Headshot by Pamela Einarsen Photogram phy

Upcoming Engagements
Aug 25, 2018, 7:00 PM Chatterbox - Improv Meets Storytelling at Sea Tea Improv Theatre, 15 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT ($15)

Beginning Sept 9th at noon - 1:30 PM - Ukulele Adventure Beginners Workshop (5 weeks) UCONN Osher Waterbury (fee)

Sept 12, 2018 6:30 PM - PechaKucha Bridgeport Vol 2 at the Barnum Museum, 805 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. free

Beginning Sept 13th at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - The Ukulele Club, Stratford CT Adult Continuing Education at Wooster Middle School (6 weeks) fee

Beginning Sept 17th at 1:10 PM - 2:50 PM The Ukulele Adventure at Norwalk CT Community College Lifelong Learners Institute (8 weeks) fee

Beginning Oct 12th - Ukulele Adventure Beyond the Basics at UCONN Osher Waterbury noon - 1:30 PM (5 weeks) fee

Beginning Oct 25th - Ukulele Club Beyond the Basics, Stratford Continuing Education, Wooster Middle School 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (4 weeks) fee


"Nina was a wonderful, energizing, creative , interesting and inspiring instructor. I would love to take this course again!" Ukulele workshop participant UCONN Waterbury Osher OLLI
"You were so much fun and such a vibrant spirit!" - Ryan Kristafer, host CT Style TV program
"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


  • Performance/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, Granite State Story Slam, PechaKucha in New Haven, Westport, Bangor, & Bridgeport, 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".Featured Teller at Storyspace in Somerville, MA.
Ukulele Workshops and Seminars
Norwalk Lifelong Learner Institute at Norwalk Community College (CT), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCONN, Waterbury, Sterling House Community Center, Stratford Continuing Adult Education Education 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 (Stratford, 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" (Member of the "Story City Troupe" and the "Hempsted Storytellers"
Co-organizer PechaKucha-Bridgeport


Cruise for Free

I spotted an announcement for all kinds of free cruses in NYC on a day I had evening plans in the city.  Is free too good to be true?  Would it be a quality experience?  

It didn't disappoint.  It was moderated ny an official NYC guide and representatives from the Waterfront Alliance.  It was a beautiful day to see area of Brooklyn I had previously seen from the road.

Most of the passengers were from NYC and like me, were curious about this tour that would take us to the Gowns and back....


Greater New York City Area

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