Highlighted Story—Mindset Matters

In the first half of her story, “Model Behavior: Life on the Runway,” Elles Ottens (pronounced Ellis) shared about her start and life as a model. In part two of this two-part series, she shares some of her other passions and achievements—touching on a multitude of topics such as mindset change, gaining courage to give her first TED talk, changing direction in her career, fast fashion, small steps toward living a more sustainable lifestyle, and being a learner and leveling up!

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What We Do

Stories of Our City collects and shares real stories from real people from around the world in an effort to cultivate community and global understanding. We produce these stories to reveal that our everyday experiences with family, love, religion, and culture are often similar to those of others living in cities and villages across the globe. We believe that when we share and celebrate a common humanity, we can begin to erase the boundaries and labels that divide us. When we take the time to listen we recognize the “other” as the same as us, giving us the foundation for global community.


The Storytellers

  • Laura

    Laura Osborne

  • Katy

    Katy Gilbert

  • Ellie

    Ellie Heard

  • Scott

    Scott Lashinsky

  • Kenisha

    Kenisha Leonhardt

  • Jami

    Jami Sall

  • Jessica

    Jessica Spann


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Please get in touch with Stories of Our City if you have a story to share, want to comment on something you’ve heard, or just want to learn more.

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