Matthew Luhn

Top Creativity Keynote Speaker | One of the Original Story Creators at Pixar | Story Artist, and Author

The Best Story Wins!

Matthew Luhn shares practical tips and techniques for fostering creativity in the workplace and harnessing the power of relationships and authentic stories to connect with communities and customers.

As one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew helped build the creative culture at one of the most successful filmmaking groups in the history of Hollywood. Now, he draws from some of Pixar’s most beloved heroes to deliver unique and memorable insight on character traits that define outstanding and authentic leadership—in animation and business alike.

A master storyteller with over 20 years’ experience working on films, TV shows, and video games, Matthew engages audiences with germane anecdotes that entertain while illustrating the principles of great storytelling structure. At the same time, he emphasizes the importance of cultivating a culture that encourages creativity and nurtures new ideas, while embracing fear and failing as a necessary part of the process.

By inviting participants to interact during his workshops and keynotes, Matthew inspires and empowers them to take their own stories from idea to script to finished product.

Matthew’s “Story Seminars” and “Story for Business Workshops” run in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and other major cities worldwide. His “Story for Business Workshops” and keynotes train business leaders and entrepreneurs how to use storytelling to bridge the gap between heart and business to build better brands and business communication, while his “Story Seminars” train attendees how to develop stories and write dialogue to create compelling stories and screenplays.

Matthew trains CEOs, entrepreneurs, marketing teams, directors, and other professionals how to use the secrets of great storytelling to captivate an audience, sell a product, idea, service, or strengthen a brand.

  • Storytelling for Business
  • Storytelling and Big Data
  • Inspiring Creativity in the Workplace
  • Effective Leadership, as Told by Movie Heroes
  • The Storytelling Workshop Program

Matthew is one of the most inspiring speakers to use stories and nurture creativity in a workplace. He can open the magic of storytelling, and explain the story creation structure and how to use stories effectively in business and brand building.

Matthew’s ability to connect with the audience and share his valuable insights through stories was truly amazing. There were parts of his talk where the audience would be doubled over in laughter and other instances where the messaging was so touching that many cried. It was a beautiful experience and very inspiring. A great experience that I would recommend for any company.

The story workshop was extremely valuable for my marketing team, from beginners to professionals, setting the essential guide to create an emotional response through every piece of communication. Matthew easily makes everyone relate and fall in love with the theme, providing tools that are easy to apply in the day to day of the business.

Rarely, you’re told a story so clearly, yet with such a sense of discovery and surprise, you find yourself living it, on many levels, simultaneously. Imagine if that story was a story about how the best storytellers make stories. Matthew provides just that balanced magic in his presentation of storytelling. Matthew makes better stories possible.

Matthew’s most recent clients include Adidas, Facebook, BBC, Microsoft, Sony, Warner Brothers, Apple, Google, Clorox and many more.

Travels From:  California
City: Los Angeles
$30,001 and Up


Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.

Matthew’s most recent clients include Adidas, Facebook, BBC, Microsoft, Sony, Warner Brothers, Apple, Google, Clorox and many more.
Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.

With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios, Matthew Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters. From filmmaking to business, Matthew’s story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills or learn the persuasion of great storytelling. In Matthew’s story seminar, he will share his process for creating new ideas and characters, how to develop great stories and story structure, and how to realize your story ideas from script to storyboards to finished product.


Storytelling is the #1 business skill necessary to connect, motivate, and lead people in today’s world. Stories compel us to engage in experiences, learn lessons, and define our values and ourselves within our organization.

Matthew Luhn, a 20-year Pixar story veteran, brings his experience creating and developing 10 blockbuster films at Pixar, and provides practical strategies that teach and inspire people and teams to connect more effectively with audiences.

Matthew uses the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between business and heart, driving your story toward one unforgettable selling point.

Big data is changing everything from content development to culture itself. Matthew Luhn, a 20 year Pixar story veteran will share how big data is being used to create great stories and characters in films like Toy Story 3, Inside Out and beyond.

Matthew’s experience and insight will empower and inspire publishers, advertisers and innovators on how to forge stronger, more meaningful connections with consumers.

One of the most essential resources for any business to stay competitive is new ideas that spark innovation. As one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew Luhn participated in building and sustaining the creative culture at Pixar from startup to the most successful filmmaking group in the history of Hollywood.

Matthew’s engaging and action-oriented talk will provide strategies on how to create a culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas, and embraces fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process. He demonstrates how to empower relationships and build trust through authentic communication.

Every film and business needs an effective leader to inspire its people to achieve their goals. In this unique session, Matthew Luhn draws from his 20 years of experience as a Pixar storyteller and animator creating authentic, inspirational, and memorable heroes to share how you can develop those same hero traits in your leadership and business.

By exploring and analyzing the characters of movie heroes and other great story protagonists, audiences will learn how vulnerability, likability, vision, structure and teamwork can provide a model for outstanding leadership that will leave your audience inspired and empowered.

This inspiring and engaging workshop makes it possible for attendees to generate new ideas and develop stories, on their own and with others, while under the guidance of Matthew Luhn’s expertise.


By the end of the virtual workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Communicate a unique and compelling story in one sentence to capture the attention of an audience
  • Master the three key elements of storytelling to bring facts and data to life
  • Create well structured stories with the Story Spine to share personal and professional stories
  • Successfully brainstorm with others, using the “Yes and…” principle
  • Harness the “Universal Truths” that connect with all people
  • Pitch persuasively and inspire action

Areas of expertise

  • Storytelling
  • Creativity
  • Marketing

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