Jake's Story

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Jake Sturgis, APR

Jake Sturgis, APR

Chief Storyteller

Captivate Media + Consulting is the brainchild of Jake Sturgis. He has seen firsthand the impact a well-told story can make, and is passionate about empowering others to tell their truth. Jake brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic communications and visual storytelling  to the team. He strongly believes that telling authentic stories can connect communities and be a true catalyst for change.

Growing up, Jake wanted to be a television news anchor. While attending college in Duluth, he worked at the NBC affiliate as a newscast producer. After realizing TV news was not feeding his soul, he moved to the Twin Cities to start the next part of his career in communications for K-12 education. During the next 12 years, he worked with two school districts and experienced some of the amazing stories that would often go untold due to lack of resources. Believing these and other stories needed to be heard, Jake took a leap of faith and began building his own company, a storytelling resource for schools, from the ground up. After starting in January 2014 with no employees, Jake has built a team of communication pros that has worked with more than 150 clients.

“It’s not about telling people what you do, but finding people who believe in why you do it.”

Jake has a passion for igniting conversations surrounding equity and inclusion. His dedication to positive change, through initiatives like our Voices of Tomorrow framework, has profoundly impacted students, staff, and communities.

Jake presents nationally about crafting better stories, authentic engagement through storytelling, and effective social media strategies. He’s held leadership positions for a number of boards including the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA), Rotary Club of Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior, Side By Side Ministries, and the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society.

The Excelsior area is home for Jake, his wife Cari and two boys, Colton and Graham.

Video Production

We partner with clients to create award-winning videos that are creative and memorable.

Motion Graphics

Animated text, graphics and images helps your message standout. We can take complex ideas and simplify them though motion graphics.

Communication Strategy

Planning is important. We develop strategies to help you research, plan, implement and measure.

Professional Photography

More than point and click, we capture images that help communicate messages.

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