exceptional experiences

introducing NiNA LESIGA

Exceptional experiences are transforming.
I'm an Artist who studies the dynamics of exceptional experiences to share the magic behind their creation.  

I work with learning programs, community organizations, companies individuals and groups to deliver engaging keynote addresses and workshops on the "The Art of Experience".

I perform true stories of uncommon adventure. I'm a member of the Story City Troupe and the Hempstead Storytellers. I'm a Ukuleleist  who challenges beginners with accelerated learning programs to give them core skills in 5 or 6 weeks. 

Three years ago I stepped out of a thirty year global corporate career as a Chemist into a second career as an Artist.  I love viewing the world through Artist eyes.

I'm debuting a one woman show about reinvention in Spring 2018..

Website header and headshot photo by The Confetti Project.

Upcoming Engagements
In Progesss "The Ukulele Adventure at Sterling House Community Center, Stratford, CT. 10:00 AM for five weeks (fee) All ages.
Feb 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 pm Ululele Club 6 week Workshop, Stratford Adult Continuing Education at Wooster Middle School, Stratford, CT (fee)
Mar 3, 2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Story City Troupe presents true stories "Caught" at the Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT (Tickets $10)
Mar 22, 2018 - Keynote Speaker, 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.

"Excellent Instructor and loads of fun" - Gotta 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
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" (LANES)
Member of the "Story City Troupe" and the "Hempstead Storytellers"
Co-organizer PechaKucha 20x20 Westport


Cannoli Donut Diet

From the festival’s name my hunch was that it would be an uncommon foodie adventure. I threw my normal eating habits to the wind when I passed by the Cake King of Astoria Queens' table. They invented the canolli donut. I had read about this new creation, but hadn’t dreamed of tasting it today

The supersized delicacy came with a hefty price tag of $7. Instead of the hard fortune cookie type pastry shell, it was encased in a fluffy dough that shouted, “Yum”. There were only a few plain ones...


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