üma kleppinger

WRITER. STORYTELLER. RISK TAKER. CHANGE MAKER.

Stranger than fiction.

By day I’m a writer. By night I grab the nearest mic and tell stranger-than-fiction stories that make audiences laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time.

Story is a way of connecting. We connect with others, to new ideas and perspectives, and perhaps most importantly, we connect with a deeper part of ourselves. My mission is to give good story.

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about üma

THE BACKSTORY

I work with mission-driven entrepreneurs and business leaders who value their time and energy and want to play their strengths while also ensuring their content is well-crafted. Whether it’s ghostwriting leadership articles and ebooks, researching SEO content updates for websites, writing product copy, or email marketing, my job is to write YOUR story for YOUR audience.

Before becoming a writer I was a graphic designer and art director in publishing. When publishing went digital, so did I, pivoting to become a digital marketing strategist. Today, I’m emerging as a voice for diversity and equity in business with an emphasis on women-led and women-owned entrepreneurism.

I’ve lived on both coasts, but have made the Pacific Northwest my home for the last 17 years—long enough to actually enjoy the peacefulness of all the rain. When I’m not working, I’m either on a bike, on a trail, or onstage performing at an improv or story slam. I’m not great with small talk, but if you want to connect and talk about the meaning of life, the collapse of late-stage capitalism, feminism-as-medicine, or climate change I’m all yours.

Believe the hype.

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Üma is a 7 Deadly Sins fan favorite. Her unflinching self-awareness, keen awareness of the world around her, and hilarious style of deadpan humor always blend together to create a story cocktail that is equal parts authoritative, playful, and deeply human.

R. TOD KELLY
PRODUCER, 7 DEADLY SINS. PANTS ON FIRE
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When Üma takes the stage, I know I’m going to get (at least) one very important thing: the TRUTH. Her fearless storytelling style and unabashed candor are infused with biting wit and self-deprecating humor. Üma’s stories take us to places we’d rather avoid, but we go and we are better off for it.

DAVE WILLIAMS
MOTH STORY SLAM PRODUCER
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Üma is a natural storyteller—as comfortable on stage in front of a couple hundred people as she is sitting down with a friend. She’s fearless about sharing the hard, difficult parts of a well-lived life—the parts where meaningful stories come from—and exploring what she and therefore we can learn from them. 

ANDREW DICKSON
MOTH STORY SLAM HOST

GET IN TOUCH

Looking for an ace content strategist, groovy ghostwriter, or savvy storyteller? I’m game.

Send me a message and I’ll get back to you in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
—MARGARET ATWOOD

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SOCIAL / AWKWARD

I often produce and manage social media for clients, but #IRL I eschew social media, preferring human interactions. Holler at me by email to connect in person or look me up on LinkedIn.

Ride More. Tweet Less.