Holley M. Murchison
Holley M. Murchison


Some of my favorite projects and endeavors (past and present).

Be Heard @ Zoo Labs

Be Heard is a communication course for college students and transitional age youth. Through a 5-day immersive learning experience, they gain a deeper understanding of how to communicate across different mediums, channels and professional settings. Along the way, students apply what they learn to develop multimedia communication projects that give voice to their beliefs, ideas, and solutions for societal challenges that resonate with them. This summer (2017) Oratory Glory is offering the course at The Mix, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library.


residency @ oberlin college & Conservatory of Music

During the 2016-17 school year, I'm working with the Creativity and Leadership department to expand Oberlin’s entrepreneurship program, and help develop the next iteration of LaunchU; Oberlin's annual venture accelerator where students pitch for 50K in funding to jumpstart promising ideas. I'm also teaching Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Leadership (#ENTR100).

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speakerlab @ oberlin college

I launched SpeakerLab as a pop-up event at Oberlin to connect students to artists, creatives and entrepreneurs disrupting industries on their own terms. Guest speakers shared their stories, hurdles, and career successes, then through a collaborative prototyping lab, worked with students to develop ideas of their own.

Tell me about yourself

My first book, Tell Me About Yourself, releases September 2017 through Berrett-Koehler Publishers. It's an action guide to help craft confident, compelling introductions and articulate your usefulness to the world in an ever-changing, multi-sided marketplace, and in a climate where we all need to contribute to moving things forward. You can pre-order it here.

The hall pass Tour

The Hall Pass Tour is a collective of musicians, educators and creatives collaborating with urban and rural schools to produce concerts celebrating the dreams and leadership of young people to spark school change. Since the 2011 launch, the tour has reached over 30,000 students, educators, artists, parents and community members. From 2011 - 2016, I served as Founding Partner, Tour Ops Manager and Host. 

Dream Directing @ tfp

As Dream Director during the 2014-15 school year, I worked with the students, staff and administration at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco to help transform and improve their school culture. From a complete cafeteria space makeover in partnership with SFUSD's Future Dining Experience Team to a schoolwide beautification day, I led a Dream Team of students (affectionately known as the Bay Squad) in executing projects that merged their passions and interests with their desire to change things around them. 

instructing @ gA

From 2013 - 16, I taught Public Speaking for Problem Solvers and helped creatives and makers in tech & design tell stories, share solutions and pitch ideas that move people to action. I also worked with the enterprise team as a facilitator for programs with corporate clients including Visa.



ZLMR is an immersive live-in 2 week program designed to support music making entrepreneurial teams and arts enablers who are trying to create a new path forward. It provides each team with time to focus on recording music as well as bringing their creative minds to their business strategies. Since 2015, I've been a mentor in the program working with teams to craft their stories, and develop pitches for presentations at the close of the residency.  


Limited edition BWB t-shirt and crewneck created by Adrian Octavius Walker to celebrate and honor Black women.

THE Dandy lion project

A traveling exhibition featuring over 150 images of emerging photographers and filmmakers from various regions around the African Diaspora. Created by curator and researcher, Shantrelle P. Lewis, the project explores and (re)articulates Black masculine identity.

(photos by Adrian Octavius Walker)