Stories help bridge the gap between who we are and who we can become. Jennifer Lader got a very clear sense of the difference years ago at the edge of an Arizona chasm that looked too wide to leap. Though she didn’t know it then, crossing that divide would lead to exploration and to a shelter that ancient peoples built high up on a cliff. Inside was a log of visitors spanning ten years; it was less than a page long. That day, Jennifer found the courage to make that leap. Now, she listens to people tell the stories of how they found their courage and, equally important, of when they did not. At AEI, Jennifer is a leader in the 360 Review process. She specializes in interviews and writing profiles, drawing on her 10 years of experience as an oral historian and award-winning writer. She has worked in journalism as a freelance reporter and for three years as the editor of a community newspaper, for which she won first place for niche publication. She previously worked in project management for nine years in the U.S. Treasury Department. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.