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About Justina

Storytelling runs in Justina Chen’s blood. After all, her middle name means illuminate, which is what story does:
it throws light on a message.


Justina is a story strategist to leaders and an award-winning novelist. She has worked for numerous presidents at Microsoft where her work was lauded for “almost single-handedly changing the way we think about executive communications. Her work has been a staggering reminder of the power of exquisite storytelling.”

Justina’s distinct storytelling style draws from her experience as an award-winning novelist for young adults. Her most recent book, A Blind Spot for Boys, is on a Booklist Top 10 list. North of Beautiful was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist of 9 state book awards. And her debut novel, Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), won the Asian American Award for Literature.

Seen as a thought leader in communications, the Rockefeller Foundation invited Justina to be part of their twelve-person convening on storytelling for social good, along with CNN, BBC, NPR, and Google.

A passionate advocate of literacy, Justina also co-founded Readergirlz, a cutting-edge social media project for teens, which won the National Book Foundation’s Prize for Innovations in Reading. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where she won the Dean’s Award for Service.

She has lived in Sydney and Shanghai, but currently calls Seattle her home with her two kids. But she feels at home wherever she goes so long as she has her coconut black tea, a journal, and a pen.