“I'm delighted to have experienced the sweet genius of Leah Komaiko...”
— MAYA ANGELOU, POET, AUTHOR, ACTIVIST
My parents were classical musicians who believed art was for creative and inspired people and business was for everybody else. So, from an early age we were steeped in the arts —especially the works of the masters.
But the only masterpiece I saw was the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, the day it came rolling up our street in Chicago. Here was a hot dog and mustard architecture on wheels. It played a tinkly jingle with words that I (and the rest of the world) wouldn’t forget. A man named Little Oscar gave all the kid free mini hot dogs to try. And whistles! He told us a story about Oscar Meyer, the man and his dream. I was 6 years old and mesmerized. A work of art that had it all! Plus, moolah! I had just seen my first brand.
“OMG, Leah…after years of working and planning, I'm glad I was smart enough to hire you to help brand my baby before launching her out into the world. Your unique insights clarified everything.”
—Linda Sivertsen, Bookmama.com, New York Times Bestselling Author
At the core of my story, I am a writer. the author of 20 books for children. I got my first branding client, a Fortune 100 company, because I discovered a simple and power- packed connection between the magic that makes both a kid’s book and a corporate brand click. That thing that gets a child to pick the same book down off a shelf every time when she’s got 50 others to choose from, is the same instinct that makes a customer choose you as their brand. Together we can make this thing real in stories and business.
I work in many different business categories and subject matters for authors and speeches. I helped create story and marketing strategies for some ground-breaking projects. I’ve helped venture capital companies recognize a story worth investing in and I was the marketing director for a beloved skincare company in L.A. I watched my start-up clients get a big fat deal on Shark Tank. I authored a memoir for grown-ups that sold in an auction of six publishers and was bought by Hollywood.
And here’s what I know for sure—the power, the punch and the simple joy of what you have to offer is all born in story.