We provide practical business training in effective, affordable (and fun!) formats. We combine proven learning strategies with improv comedy techniques to help businesses across industries solve common organizational challenges in creative ways.


Dave Collins, Founder + CEO 

Dave is a nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, speaker and improvisor. He is the founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, which offers practical business training to clients including Lyft, CBRE, PayPal, the Kellogg School of Management, and more. 

Previously, Dave was at StubHub, where he focused on building communication strategies to improve the ticket seller experience. Prior to that, Dave was a Strategic Consultant at AECOM Strategy Plus, where he developed workplace strategy, change management and virtual collaboration services for government, technology and university clients.

Dave is also an accomplished improvisor. Along with his teammates, he won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament, has headlined shows and festivals across the country, and coached hundreds of people in the art of improvised comedy.

Dave graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communications and currently resides in Oakland, CA with his succulents. 

“The whole progression of activities was the best presentation I have seen on improv for non-comedians.
— Medical Director, Dignity Health

Aesop’s fable: The Oak and the Reeds

The story behind the name


The name Oak and Reeds comes from a classic Aesop’s fable.

A severe storm passed through a riverbank, uprooting an oak tree. The oak tree fell into the water among the reeds and said to them, “How is it that you, who are so frail and slender, have managed to weather the storm, while I, with all my strength, was knocked over?”

The reeds replied, “You were stubborn, and fought against a storm that was stronger than you. But we bend and flex with every breeze, so the storm passed harmlessly over us.

Oak and Reeds helps the people who make up some of the strongest organizations in the world be flexible and resilient, even in the toughest of storms.


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