2016: The Year of “Yes, And”

By Molly Cox | Jan 12 2016

The summer before my senior year of high school, I joined an improv group. Joker’s Wild Improvisation Troupe (there was an “e” on the end ‘cause we were fancy) was a group of about 10 people – mostly dudes – who spent weekend nights performing at local bars and restaurants. Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with less Drew Carey. It was the perfect extracurricular activity for a high school student with dreams of becoming a Broadway star. Obviously.

During the nearly two years I spent with these lovable riffraff, I learned a very important lesson: having an Elmo impersonation in the bag comes in super handy when your friends need you to call their kids and tell them, as Elmo, that they need to go to bed, or take a bath, or clean their room.

And I learned the phrase “Yes, and…”

The “Yes, And” Rule is real. I didn’t make it up. But, basically, this phrase learned through improv helped me be better at life.

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Molly Cox

Molly grew up in Corpus Christi, TX where she spent the majority of her adult life as a radio “personality.” She received her BA in theatre from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, then went on to get her master’s degree in political science from UTSA. Molly worked as the Director of UTSA’s Center for Policy Studies, where she led the Nonprofit Management and American Humanics Programs. Her focus in nonprofit capacity building grew to include her own consulting business, Nonprofit Fancy Pants. In March 2013, she joined SA2020 as the Chief of Engagement and in early 2015 became President & CEO of SA2020.

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