A Story Night With Lead with Love

Join Lead with Love and master storyteller Alya Howe to hear from six brave souls who found freedom and redemption not by running from fear, but by turning to face it.

What is your story?

How did you slay your dragon and face your fears?


Apply below to be one of our featured storytellers.

This evening is in honor of our favorite storyteller Arin Trook and proceeds benefit Lead with Love programming.



Sunday, September 15th




The Wheeler Opera House



  • A Story Telling Night about finding freedom and redemption not by running from fear, but by turning to face it.


Tickets Available @ The Wheeler Opera House


Meet The Storytellers


ESKE Roennau

15 years old, Entering Aspen High School, Originally from Denmark Lives in Aspen with his mom, dad and brother

Environmentalist, Activist, Nordic Skier, Adventurer, Reader, Fundraiser, Public Speaker, Founder of Aspen Junior Environmentalists, Member of The Earth Guardians, Featured Activist and Environmentalist in the ‘We The Future’ campaign shared in 20.000 classrooms in America, Story Teller at the Fire in Your Belly Event 2018, AVSC Dick Butera Integrity Award 2017 – 2018, Heidi Kloos Memorial Leadership Award 2019


Irisha Steele

Fav quote : Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings- Elizabeth Gilbert

Education: B.S Criminal Justice and Psychology at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island

Hobbies: Belly laughs, Yoga, Cooking, Connecting with Friends, Meaningful conversations and traveling the world.

Biggest Lesson: Take others’ opinions lightly. I was always seeking others’ opinions and took those on as my own beliefs until I found my voice in order to speak my truth. Listen to your heart and start believing in yourself. If it makes you happy, no one else’s opinions should matter.

Background: Born in North Carolina, but raised in Massachusetts, More than 12 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry with previous positions in Boston at the W Hotel and Exhale Wellness to The St. Regis Aspen. With a focus on wellbeing, she promotes positivity, peace and community. Always chasing after geographical, intellectual, and spiritual adventures.



Judith was born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and grew up in Aspen, Co. She was the first in her family to go to University.

Currently she writes for the Sopris Sun and has volunteered for Buddy Program and helped individuals get their citizenship through English In Action. Now volunteers in reading program at kids school.

Obsessed with skiing, biking, Crossfit, travel and cooking food from all over the world.

Working on her first children’s book

Runs her own business

Wannabe Ukulele player and surfer

Lives in Carbondale with her two boys and wonderful husband and senile cat


Gina Murdock

Gina Murdock is an Aspen, Colo. based writer, yoga & meditation teacher, inspirational speaker & community organizer. She is founder of the Aspen Yoga Society, The Aspen City of Wellbeing, Lead with Love, The Love Ninjas and the Mind, Body, Spirit Rx content brand. Gina’s mission is to shift culture from fear to love from the inside out. All of her endeavors are intended to help people thrive and find joy and freedom in mind, body and spirit.

Gina is passionate about optimal wellbeing for the planet and people and leading from the heart. Her absolute belief is that we always have a choice and we can choose love over fear when given the tools and creating the awareness to do so. Gina is a founding member of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative and has willingly submitted her body to science to prove the effectiveness of mind/body practices on optimal health! Gina is an active board member of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), The Center for Living Peace, The Aspen Brain Institute as well as an advisor to The Chopra Foundation and CTZNWELL.


Skippy Mesirow

My mission is to heal the partisan divide. I am passionate about public service working primarily on voter turnout, civic engagement, and social equity. I have been part of launching two non-profits in Aspen and love travel, motorcycles, cooking, trail running, skiing and fashion. I subsidize my public service habit by running SkyRun, a vacation rental company. Good vibes only


Gina Stryker

Gina has been passionate about food since she was a little girl.

She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular brand. Early on she created sauces and soups for a small basket business in Los Angeles, later, being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, CO with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since!

Her husband, Rod Stryker is a renowned yogi, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades. About 11 years ago, Gina started catering for them. Gina Cucina is the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years. Both sets are the most discerning of customers!

No matter how many places at the table, Gina has rules: use only the freshest, local ingredients… season judiciously (light on the salt!) And let all the natural flavor shine through. Make her a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!



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